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USCIS Temporarily Increases the Automatic Extension Period For Certain TPS Beneficiaries 

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced an extension of employment authorization for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries from El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. This extension applies to certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) with an expiration date before March 9, 2025

For context, the automatic extension period is provided to certain renewal applicants to help prevent gaps in employment authorization and documentation. 

Employers can continue to employ TPS beneficiaries with EADs linked to the designated countries, even if the original expiration date has passed, as long as the EAD falls under the extension (valid until March 9, 2025). Affected TPS beneficiaries should receive a Form I-797 Notice of Action from USCIS confirming the extension. This notice serves as official documentation for continued employment authorization. 

Next Steps 

Employers can continue using the established Form I-9 process for employment verification. TPS beneficiaries with the extension can present their valid EAD along with the Form I-797 Notice to demonstrate continued authorization. For E-Verify participants, after a new employee has completed Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, create a case in E-Verify for this employee. Enter the EAD document number you entered on Form I-9 and the automatically extended date of March 9, 2025. You must verify these employees on Form I-9 before they start work on March 10, 2025.  

Employers should stay informed about TPS updates and ensure proper documentation is maintained during the extended authorization period. 

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