Ecuador was originally designated for TPS in 2001 due a series of very destructive earthquakes. The Trump Administration had originally planned to end TPS for Ecuadorians on January 2, 2020.
However, the Trump Administration announced on Monday that it agreed to extend the TPS work permits for Ecuadorians through January 4, 2021 as well as that it will give protected Ecuadorians an additional 365 days post completion of the Ecuadorian TPS related lawsuit to return to their country. These extensions were granted out of the concern that forcing these approximately 250,000 Ecuadorians to quickly return to their country could cause mass migration to the U.S. from Ecuador.
As part of the series of joint arrangements between the two countries, Ecuador will allow the U.S. to send Ecuadorian asylum seekers back to Ecuador. Current USCIS Acting Director, Ken Cuccinelli clarified via tweet that the Trump Administration did not formally extend TPS for Ecuadorians, but rather just extended the TPS work permits.
If you have questions regarding the extended EAD for protected Ecuadorians, you may wish to consult with an immigration attorney to ensure that you are fully informed about this matter. Attorney Rebecca Carcagno handles TPS related matters and offers a free initial consultation (734) 999-0360.
***Please keep in mind that this blog posting is for educational purposes only (i.e., to give you general information and a general understanding of this immigration related matter); this blog posting does not provide specific legal advice and does not form an attorney-client relationship.***
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