The US Department of Homeland Security has issued guidance on how nationals of Haiti and El Salvador can apply for the final extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that was announced earlier this month.
Current TPS beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS must re-register before March 19, 2018. The Federal Register notice on El Salvador explains that
"Through operation of this Federal Register notice, your existing EAD issued under the TPS designation of El Salvador with the expiration date of March 9, 2018, is automatically extended for 180 days, through September 5, 2018. You do not need to apply for a new EAD in order to benefit from this 180-day automatic extension."
The wording for Haiti is almost identical:
Through operation of this Federal Register notice, your existing EAD issued under the TPS designation of Haiti with the expiration date of January 22, 2018, is automatically extended for 180 days, through July 21, 2018.
However, we recommend that people do apply for a new EAD, to avoid the need to explain the automatic extension to employers, driver's licence offices, etc. The FR notice describes how to explain the extension to employers until a new EAD arrives.
To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit:
Applicants may request a waiver of the government fees with evidence of inability to pay. To do so, applicants must file a Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or submit a written request. Fee waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation. USCIS will reject the TPS application of any applicant who fails to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee waiver request.
All USCIS forms are free. Applicants can download these forms from the USCIS website at uscis.gov/forms or request them by calling USCIS toll-free at 1-800-870-3676.
USCIS page for El Salvador TPS:
USCIS page for Haiti TPS
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.