USCIS has automatically extended the validity of employment authorization cards for individuals with Temporary Protected Status from El Salvador.

If your employee has an Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766, often referred to as an “EAD”) with an original expiration date of March 9, 2018 and containing the category code “A-12” or “C-19,” this EAD is automatically extended and the employee may continue to work without a new one (and without a receipt notice) through the end of the automatic extension period, September 5, 2018.

Federal Register notice announcing the extension: https://go.usa.gov/xnvuP

In addition, some EAD holders, including those with TPS who already applied to renew an EAD, may choose to show their existing EAD with a qualifying I-797C receipt notice. This combination of documents allows the employee to work through September 5, 2018. More information on when an employee can choose to show their EAD and I-797C is available in this USCIS Fact Sheet.

If you have an existing employee who presented an EAD that has now been automatically extended, the employee’s Form I-9 should be updated to reflect the extension:

1. For Section 1, the employee may:
a. Draw a line through the expiration date.

b. Write the new expiration date (September 5, 2018) above the previous date.

c. Initial and date the correction in the margin of Section 1.

2. For Section 2, employers should:
a. Draw a line through the expiration date written in Section 2.

b. Write the new expiration date (September 5, 2018) above the previous date.

C. Initial and date the correction in the margin of Section 2.

For more information:
Visit USCIS’s webpage on TPS.
Call the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) of the U.S. Department of Justice at 1-800-255-8155 (1-800-237-2515 TTY).