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February 15 , 2018

Immigration Attorney Carlos E. Sandoval Discusses Temporary Protected Status

South Florida immigration attorney Carlos E. Sandoval educates potentially affected immigrants about Temporary Protected Status designations for El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Haiti.


Temporary Protected Status (TPS) allows people from certain countries to live in the United States and have an employment authorization document (EAD). Some of the countries that are granted TPS are El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Haiti.

“However, during the last couple of months, the Trump administration has indicated that it won’t renew the TPS designation for the people of these countries,” said immigration attorney Carlos E. Sandoval, founder of Carlos E. Sandoval, P.A. “It will leave hundreds of thousands of people without a legal status in the United States.”

No. 1: El Salvador. On January 8, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its decision to terminate the TPS designation for El Salvador, with a delayed effective date of 18 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on September 9, 2019. “As of this moment, official re-registration has not started; therefore, do not pay for or submit any form(s) until USCIS updates information,” advised Sandoval.

No. 2: Nicaragua. TPS will end on January 5, 2019. The re-registration period for clients with TPS already is from December 15, 2017, through February 13, 2018. 
EAD has been extended through March 6, 2018. “Additionally, the EADs of TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register (Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status) and file a request for a new EAD (Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization) will be automatically extended through July 4, 2018,” added Sandoval.

No. 3: Honduras. The designation of TPS for Honduras will end on July 5, 2018. The re-registration period for clients with TPS already is from December 15, 2017, through February 13, 2018. EAD has been extended to July 4, 2018.

No. 4: Haiti. The designation of TPS for Haiti will end on July 22, 2019. The re-registration period for clients with TPS already is from May 24, 2017, to July 24, 2017. EAD has been extended through January 18, 2018, but only for beneficiaries who re-register and request a new EAD.

It’s very important for people from these countries to review these dates, and evaluate whether they will be able to renew their TPS. “I highly recommend that current TPS beneficiaries seek professional advice regarding what other options may be available once TPS is terminated,” concluded Sandoval.

About Carlos E. Sandoval, Attorney at Law 
Carlos E. Sandoval is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association and the Broward County Bar Association. Carlos, who speaks fluent English and Spanish, is licensed to practice law by the Florida Supreme Court and the Federal Court for the Southern District of Florida. He focuses his practice in all areas of immigration, naturalization and removal. For more information or a consultation, call (954) 306-6921, or visit The law office is located at 450 N. Park Road, Suite 803, Hollywood, FL 33021.

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