Syria and El Salvador – Temporary Protected Status Extensions
Over the course of the past year, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State have been reviewing the conditions in Syria. Due to the ongoing conflicts that prevent its nationals from returning safely, Jeh Johnson (Secretary of Homeland Security) redesignated Syria and provided an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Additionally, this week Johnson extended TPS for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months, effective March 10, 2015 through September 9, 2016.
The Syria designation extends TPS for eligible individuals from April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. Current TPS beneficiaries are required to re-register from January 5, 2015 through March 6, 2015 while new registrants must apply from January 5, 2015 through July 6, 2015. Additionally, those individuals with a current TPS Syria Employment Authorization Document (EAD) expiring on March 31, 2015 will have the EAD automatically extended through September 30, 2015.
El Salvador beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS must re-register from January 7, 2015 through March 9, 2015. The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new EAD with an expiration date of September 9, 2016. USCIS is automatically extending current TPS El Salvador EADs that have a March 9, 2015 expiration date for an additional six months – now valid through September 9, 2015.
Equifax Workforce Solutions will continue to monitor guidance related to Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance to keep you up to date on announcements and best practices.
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