Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Homeland Security ends Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Haiti, affecting close to 300,000 individuals. Employers should be prepared to handle the influx of work authorization automatic extensions, expiring work authorizations, and other Form I-9 issues that may arise.
On Monday, January 8, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador. El Salvador’s TPS designation was set to expire on March 9, 2018, but Secretary Nielsen delayed termination for 18 months to September 9, 2019 in order to “provide for an orderly transition.” This decision affects an estimated 200,000 Salvadoran foreign nationals.
Similarly, Nicaragua’s TPS was set to expire on January 5, 2018, but was extended to January 5, 2019. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also previously announced the termination of TPS for Haiti. Haiti’s TPS termination was delayed for 18 months from the original expiration, with TPS now terminating on July 22, 2019. Together, these decisions affect an estimated 5,300 Nicaraguan and 59,000 Haitian foreign nationals.