On November 10, 2017, and November 22, 2017, we posted on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) ending for Nicaragua and Haiti.
Last week the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would be terminating the TPS designation for El Salvador as well. The nearly 200,000 Salvadorans who are currently present in the U.S. in TPS have until September 9, 2019 to either depart or to find another way to remain here lawfully under our immigration laws. You can read more here:
For someone from El Salvador who has been residing in the U.S. in TPS for years, this may be a terrifying prospect. The good news is that other legal immigration avenues may be available for a person in this situation. For example, if an individual is married to a U.S. citizen, one option may be an application for permanent residency (a “green card”) with the spouse serving as the sponsor. If the individual has been a victim of crime while in the U.S., they may be eligible for a U visa, which is a path to a green card.
It is important to meet with an immigration attorney as soon as possible to learn about the viability and risks and benefits of other immigration paths. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-496-9040 to schedule an initial legal evaluation.