USCIS announced today that interim Employment
Authorization Documents (EADs) will be issued to Salvadoran Temporary Protected
Status (TPS) beneficiaries who have not yet received a final action on their
re-registration applications and whose re-registration applications have been
pending for more than 90 days.
Initially, the expiration date for Salvadoran EADs was March 9, 2009. USCIS
automatically extended this EAD validity period to September 9, 2009. Issuance
of the interim EADs will allow TPS beneficiaries to continue working while USCIS
completes the processing of their re-registration applications.
USCIS has already processed over 99.5% of the Salvadoran re-registration applications
for the current TPS designation period ending September 9, 2010. This includes
a substantial number of re-registration applications filed after the re-registration
period closed. A small number of pending re-registration applications are still
under review by USCIS and awaiting further information from the applicants.
Applicants who received requests from USCIS for additional information should
respond promptly within the time period described in the USCIS notice received
by the applicant.
Any applicant who receives an interim EAD must still respond to any USCIS
requests. This includes requests for additional evidence, documents, or biometric/fingerprint
appointments. In order to maintain employment authorization through September
9, 2010, an applicant must respond to any USCIS requests in order to resolve
all issues so that a new EAD can be provided.