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TPS UPDATE FOR SALVADORANS

On January 8, 2018, Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination of Salvadoran TPS (Temporary Protected Status) as of September 9, 2019.  More than 200,000 Salvadorans with TPS have lived and worked legally, paid taxes, attended schools and contributed to their communities since at least 2001. Many Salvadorans have U.S. citizen children and other U.S. citizen family members. The fight to pass a law protecting TPS holders continues.

This is a list of important things Salvadorans with TPS should know and do now:

1. Don’t panic. You continue to have authorization to live and work in the U.S.

The DHS statement provides that TPS for Salvadorans will end on September 9, 2019. That means that if you extend your work authorization, you will have permission to live and work in the U.S. until September 9, 2019. But after September 9, 2019, Salvadoran TPS holders will no longer be protected from arrest and deportation.

2. Be prepared to re-register, but not just yet

All Salvadoran TPS holders will be required to re-register in order to maintain TPS status until September 9, 2019. But you should not submit a re-registration application until the re-registration period is announced through the Federal Register notice. Once this notice is released, it will explain the rules for applying for reauthorization. Check back frequently for the latest updates.

3. The announcement should not cause your employer to re-verify your work authorization now

Work authorization for Salvadorans with TPS currently ends on March 9, 2018. Your employer does not need to re-verify your employment authorization until after March 9, 2018. You continue to have work authorization until that date and your employer should not ask for additional documents in order for you to continue working.

4. Carry proof of TPS status

It’s important to keep proof that you have TPS status with you. A copy of your employment authorization card, or a notice of approval will prove that you have TPS status.

5. Find out if you qualify for another type of immigration status.

Many TPS holders have been in the U.S. for years and may be eligible for other types of immigration status and benefits. To see a partial list of possible immigration options use this checklist and then consult with a reputable immigration attorney or legal services organization. You can also use the online immi tool to find a path that’s right for you.

6. You have rights under the U.S. Constitution

All people in the U.S. have certain rights under the U.S. Constitution. Visit the Know Your Rights section.

7. Beware of notarios! Get reputable legal help.

Find reputable immigration attorneys and legal services organizations. Avoid scammers and notarios who claim to be able to help you.

8. Take action and make your voice heard!

Get your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers involved in the fight to protect immigrants. Ask them to join you in calling your members of Congress to demand they protect people with TPS and support efforts to allow TPS holders to stay in the U.S. legally: 1-888-204-8353

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TPS UPDATE FOR HAITIANS - IMPORTANT MARCH 19, 2018 DEADLINE

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UPDATED 1/18/2018
 
On November 20, 2017, Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians. DHS stated that despite the fragile conditions in Haiti following the massive earthquake, a cholera epidemic and Hurricane Matthew, it was no longer necessary to protect 59,000 Haitian TPS holders. Haitian TPS continues until July 22, 2019 if Haitian TPS holders re-register.
 
This is a list of important things Haitians with TPS should know and do now:
 
1. File your TPS re-registration by March 19, 2018
All current Haitian TPS holders must file a Form I-821 by March 19, 2018 in order to extend their TPS status through July 22, 2019.  You do not need to pay a filing fee for the TPS re-registration. You will have to include a fee for fingerprints if you are between ages 14-75.
 
2. File your work authorization extension as soon as possible
Current Haitian TPS work authorization expires on January 22, 2018.  In order to receive work permission through July 22, 2019 it is important to apply for a work authorization extension as soon as possible. You can file a Form I-821, Form I-765 and filing fee or fee waiver, and fingerprints fee all together.
 
3. Automatic work authorization until July 21, 2018
DHS granted a 180-day automatic work authorization extension, until July 21, 2018, to allow TPS holders to continue working during the processing of employment authorization extensions. You must re-register for TPS by March 19, 2018 in order to get the benefits of the automatic extension of work authorization.
 
4. Be prepared to show certain documents if asked about your work permission
If asked, you can show your employer the Federal Register Notice to prove that your work permission has been automatically extended until July 21, 2018. By March 19, 2018, you should have applied to extend your TPS and work authorization. You can also show your employer the receipt notice for your work authorization extension. After July 21, 2018, you must show your new work permission card with the extended date of July 22, 2019.

5. Talk to your union rep if you have one

If you belong to a union, talk to your union rep to help you with employer questions about work authorization.
                  
6. Carry proof of TPS status

It’s important to keep proof that you have TPS status with you. A copy of your employment authorization card, a copy of the Federal Register Notice and a copy of the completed Form I-821 and receipt showing you’ve applied for an extension of TPS will prove that you have TPS status. Download a copy of the Federal Register Notice here.
 
7. Find out if you qualify for another type of immigration status.

Many TPS holders have been in the U.S. for years and may be eligible for other types of immigration status and benefits. To see a partial list of possible immigration options use this checklist and then consult with a reputable immigration attorney or legal services organization. You can also use the online immi tool to find a path that’s right for you.
 
8. Know Your Rights! You have rights under the U.S. Constitution
All people in the U.S. have certain rights under the U.S. Constitution. Visit the Know Your Rights section.
 
9. Beware of notarios! Get reputable legal help.
Find reputable immigration attorneys and legal services organizations. Avoid scammers and notarios who claim to be able to help you.
 
10. Take action and make your voice heard!
Get your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers involved in the fight to protect immigrants. Ask them to join you in calling your members of Congress to demand they protect people with TPS and support efforts to allow TPS holders to stay in the U.S. legally: 1-888-204-8353
 
Don’t forget to keep a copy of the Federal Register Notice with you.

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TPS UPDATE FOR HONDURANS - IMPORTANT FEBRUARY 13, 2018 DEADLINE

Updated 12/15/2017

On November 6, 2017, Homeland Security (DHS) failed to make a decision on whether to extend or terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Hondurans, stating that further information on Honduras was necessary. This leaves 57,000 people’s lives in limbo.

This is a list of important things Hondurans with TPS should know and do now:

1. All Honduran TPS holders must file to extend their TPS status by February 13, 2018  

All current Honduran TPS holders must file a Form I-821 by February 13, 2018 in order to extend their TPS status. The application to extend TPS must include a fee for fingerprints for people between ages 14-75.  

The decision on whether to extend Honduran TPS for a longer period is expected on May 6, 2018.

2. Consult with a legal representative to decide whether to extend your work authorization

If you apply for an extension of TPS by the February 13, 2018 deadline, your work authorization will automatically be extended for 6 months, until July 5, 2018. There may be reasons you may still want to apply for an extension of work authorization. Consult with a reputable immigration attorney or legal services organization to decide whether to extend your work authorization.

3. Carry proof of TPS status

It’s important to keep proof that you have TPS status with you. Your employment authorization card, a copy of the Federal Register Notice and your receipt showing you’ve applied for an extension of TPS will prove that you have TPS status. Download a copy of the Federal Register Notice here.

4. Be prepared to show proof of work authorization if your employer asks

As of January 6, 2018, be prepared to show your employer a copy of the Federal Register Notice if asked. By February 13, 2018, if your employer asks, you should be prepared to show a copy of your TPS extension request and receipt when it becomes available. Always keep a copy of the Federal Register Notice with you.

5. Find out if you qualify for another type of immigration status.

Many TPS holders have been in the U.S. for years and may be eligible for other types of immigration status and benefits. To see a partial list of possible immigration options use this checklist and then consult with a reputable immigration attorney or legal services organization. You can also use the online immi tool to find a path that’s right for you.

6. You have rights under the U.S. Constitution

All people in the U.S. have certain rights under the U.S. Constitution. Visit the Know Your Rights section.

7. Beware of notarios! Get reputable legal help.

Find reputable immigration attorneys and legal services organizations. Avoid scammers and notarios who claim to be able to help you.

8. Take action and make your voice heard!

Get your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers involved in the fight to protect immigrants. Ask them to join you in calling your members of Congress to demand they protect people with TPS and support efforts to allow TPS holders to stay in the U.S. legally: 1-888-204-8353

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TPS UPDATE FOR NICARAGUANS - IMPORTANT FEBRUARY 13, 2018 DEADLINE

Updated 12/15/2017

On November 6, 2017, Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination of Nicaraguan TPS (Temporary Protected Status) as of January 5, 2019. On December 15, 2017, nearly six weeks late, DHS published details about the process of applying for an extension of employment authorization and TPS for Nicaraguan TPS holders.

This is a list of important things Nicaraguans with TPS should know and do now:

1. Don’t panic. You continue to have authorization to live and work in the U.S. if you file applications for extensions of TPS and work authorization by February 13, 2018
All Nicaraguan TPS holders must apply for both an extension of TPS and an extension of their work authorization by February 13, 2018 in order to maintain TPS status and work permission until January 5, 2019. But after January 5, 2019, Nicaraguan TPS holders will no longer be protected from arrest and deportation.

2. You must file for an extension of both TPS and work authorization by February 13, 2018
To remain in TPS status with work authorization through January 5, 2019, you must file applications for both by February 13, 2018 to preserve your work authorization after March 6, 2018.

3. Carry proof of TPS status
It’s important to keep proof that you have TPS status with you. Your employment authorization card, a copy of the Federal Register Notice and your receipt showing you’ve applied for an extension of TPS and work authorization will prove that you have TPS status. Download a copy of the Federal Register Notice here.

4. Be prepared to show proof of work authorization if your employer asks
Your employer does not need to re-verify your employment authorization until after January 6, 2018. After January 6, you can show your employer the Federal Register Notice to prove you continue to have work authorization until March 6, 2013. You can also show your receipt notices for your TPS and work authorization extensions after February 13, 2018. Always keep a copy of the Federal Register Notice with you.

5. Find out if you qualify for another type of immigration status.
Many TPS holders have been in the U.S. for years and may be eligible for other types of immigration status and benefits. To see a partial list of possible immigration options use this checklist and then consult with a reputable immigration attorney or legal services organization. You can also use the online immi tool to find a path that’s right for you.

6. You have rights under the U.S. Constitution
All people in the U.S. have certain rights under the U.S. Constitution. Visit the Know Your Rights section.

7. Beware of notarios! Get reputable legal help.
Find reputable immigration attorneys and legal services organizations. Avoid scammers and notarios who claim to be able to help you.

8. Take action and make your voice heard!
Get your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers involved in the fight to protect immigrants. Ask them to join you in calling your members of Congress to demand they protect people with TPS and support efforts to allow TPS holders to stay in the U.S. legally: 1-888-204-8353

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TOP 10 QUESTIONS ON TPS

1. What is TPS?

TPS, or Temporary Protected Status, allows people from certain countries to live and work in the United States during a humanitarian crisis in their home countries.

2. What type of humanitarian crisis would lead to TPS?

Here are some reasons the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) can authorize TPS for countries:

  1.     Armed conflict, such as civil war, threatening people’s safety
  2.     Environmental disasters such as a hurricane or earthquake that disrupts living conditions
  3.     Extraordinary and temporary conditions in the country that prevent the safe return of the population

3. How long are TPS grants?

The Secretary of DHS can authorize TPS for6, 12, or 18 months at a time. This authorization can be extended or terminated.

4. How many people have TPS?

It’s estimated, as of September 2017, that over 320,000 peoplein the U.S. have TPS.

5. Who are the people who have TPS?

People with TPS are essential workers who have lived and worked in the U.S. for years and even decades. Many people with TPS work in construction, the hotel and restaurant industry, landscaping and childcare. Many also operate their own businesses. About 100,000 TPS holders live in homes that they own and pay mortgages to U.S. banks

6. What ties do TPS holders have to the U.S.?

TPS holders from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti have about 273,000 U.S. citizen children. Also 10% of the Salvadoran TPS holders are married to a legal resident of the U.S.

7. Which countries have TPS?

El Salvador
Haiti
Honduras
Nepal
Nicaragua
Somalia
South Sudan
Sudan
Syria
Yemen

8. What are the requirements to receive TPS?

  •  Arrived in the U.S. and continued to live in the U.S. since a specific date;
  •  Filed an application with a filing fee and passed security and criminal checks.

 
9. What would be the economic impact on the U.S. of ending TPS?

According to an April 2017 study, ending TPS would cause a reduction of $45.2 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and a $6.9 billion reduction in Social Security and Medicare contributions over the next decade. Ending TPS would also cause employers to face approximately $967 million in the turnover costs of replacing and training laid off TPS holders.

10. Why should we keep fighting to preserve TPS?

TPS offers humanitarian protection to people unable to return to their home countries due to natural disasters, war and other extraordinary situations. Providing this protection is a moral imperative. While preserving TPS brings economic benefits to the U.S., it would also allow American families to stay together--U.S. citizen children would remain with their parents and grandparents.

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APPLYING FOR OTHER TYPES OF IMMIGRATION STATUS AFTER TPS

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) allows people from certain countries to live and work in the United States for a temporary period of time. TPS does not lead to permanent immigration status in the United States. In the past, people granted TPS often have been allowed to extend their TPS status every 18 months. However, the Trump administration has voiced its intent to limit TPS extensions.

While we continue to fight for TPS extensions, it’s important to consider whether you might qualify for another type of immigration status. Now is the time to look into whether you qualify.

It is important that you consult with a reputable legal services provider as soon as possible. iAmerica has a list of legal services providers. Make sure you find a trustworthy legal services provider.


I have TPS now. Can I apply for another type of immigration status?

Yes. Many people who have TPS are eligible for other types of immigration status and benefits. If you are interested in looking into whether you qualify for other types of immigration status during the time that you have TPS, it’s important to seek the assistance of a reputable legal services provider. iAmerica has a list of legal services providers.

How do I know if I qualify for other types of immigration status?

To get a general idea of some of the requirements for other types of immigration benefits, use iAmerica’s checklist of eligibility requirements for various types of immigration status. This is not a complete list and it’s important to check with a reputable legal services provider to learn whether you qualify for another type of immigration status.

Is there a deadline to apply for other types of immigration status?

It is important to apply for another type of immigration status as soon as possible. If you currently have TPS, you will be “in status” until the date TPS expires. In many cases, being “in status” will help you when you apply for another type of immigration status.

Don’t forget, filing for another immigration status now while you have TPS may allow you to take advantage of other immigration benefits in the future and preserve your ability to live and work in the United States.

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CHECKLIST OF IMMIGRATION OPTIONS FOR TPS HOLDERS

This checklist is a partial list of possible immigration options.

You may be eligible for immigration benefits that will allow you to stay in the U.S. Check all the boxes that apply to you and then contact a legal services provider.

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