As TPS Renewal Deadline Approaches, CARECEN Announces Opening of San Fernando Office to Process Applications

(March 4, 2015, Los Angeles) – CARECEN Los Angeles reminds the Salvadoran community that the deadline for TPS renewal is March 9, and CARECEN is now processing applications at both its Los Angeles headquarters and at its newly opened San Fernando Valley office.

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“It is crucial that Salvadorans who are protected under TPS reapply for their benefit, especially when other possible relief measures are on hold,” said Vanessa Gutierrez, supervising attorney of the San Fernando Valley office. “Now that CARECEN has opened an office in the San Fernando Valley, it is better able to serve its TPS clients and all others who in the past have found it difficult to get to our offices in Pico-Union.”

CARECEN’s new office is located at 15435 Rayen Street, North Hills, CA 91343. CARECEN headquarters is located just west of MacArthur Park, at 2845 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90005. Both offices open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. CARECEN headquarters is also opening on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to process TPS applications.

The program known as Temporary Protected Status, TPS, is a temporary protection program extended by Congress to people without status who are unable to return to their home countries because of civil unrest, violence, or natural disasters. It allows them to receive a work permit and protection from deportation, but it must be renewed on average every 18 months and at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security. TPS renewal for Salvadorans was announced January 7, 2015, and the renewal period lasts only until March 9, 2015. To allow for delays in application processing, DHS is extending the work permit that expires on March 9 for six months. DHS charges $465 for the renewal. To cover its costs, CARECEN charges an additional $70, $80 if the applicant has changed address since the last application.

CARECEN has worked for 31 years to protect the rights and dignity of Central American and Latino immigrants in Southern California. Since its founding in 1983, when thousands of Central Americans were fleeing the brutality of civil war, CARECEN has worked to change unjust immigration policies, win legal status for immigrants, and foster community activism on issues such as education reform, workers and immigrant rights, economic justice and community strengthening.

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