Earlier this week, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen M. Nielson, made an announcement in regards to the termination of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvadorians. The announcement detailed Secretary Nielson’s decision as to the termination of TPS for nationals of El Salvador. This protection will expire on September 9, 2019, and as a result, the individuals impacted will have to either return back to El Salvador or find new legal means to remain in the United States. In 2001, El Salvador was granted Temporary Protected Status after an earthquake devastated the country and left many of its residents without a home. However, now that infrastructure, schools, hospitals, and homes have been repaired, the Department of Homeland Security has determined it is safe for nationals to return to their country of origin.
The Department of Homeland Security has delayed the termination by 18 months in order to allow an orderly transition back to El Salvador. Temporary Protected Status is commonly issued to countries that have undergone natural disaster or a civil war. However, when the country determines it has recovered from the tragic event, the United States will work with the country to create a transition for people who are impacted.
If you currently have TPS for El Salvador and want to remain in the United States, speak with an immigration attorney to see how you can obtain legal status.
John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and obtain your initial consultation.