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                                               this notice. The Coast Guard will                       DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND                                 current meeting schedule allows the
                                               provide no funding for reimbursement                    SECURITY                                               Coast Guard to continue deliberations
                                               of proposal development costs.                                                                                 and forward progress regarding multiple
                                               Proposals (or any other material)                       Coast Guard                                            maritime security initiatives.
                                               submitted in response to this notice will               [USCG–2011–0975]                                         If you have been adversely affected by
                                               not be returned. Proposals submitted are                                                                       the delay in publishing the notice,
                                               expected to be unclassified and have no                 National Maritime Security Advisory                    contact Mr. Ryan Owens (see FOR
                                               more than four single-sided pages                       Committee                                              FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) and the
                                               (excluding cover page and resumes).                                                                            Coast Guard will make every effort to
                                               The Coast Guard will select proposals at                AGENCY:  Coast Guard, DHS.                             accommodate you.
                                               its sole discretion on the basis of:                    ACTION: Committee Management; Notice
                                                                                                                                                                Dated: January 6, 2012.
                                                                                                       of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting;
                                                  (1) How well they communicate an                                                                            Erin H. Ledford,
                                               understanding of, and ability to meet,                                                                         Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard,
                                               the proposed CRADA’s goal; and                          SUMMARY:      The Coast Guard published in             Acting Chief, Office of Regulations and
                                                  (2) How well they address the                        the Federal Register of January 9, 2012,               Administrative Law (CG–0943), U.S. Coast
                                                                                                       a notice announcing a National                         Guard.
                                               following criteria:
                                                                                                       Maritime Security Advisory Committee                   [FR Doc. 2012–402 Filed 1–6–12; 4:15 pm]
                                                  (a) Technical capability to support the
                                                                                                       (NMSAC) public meeting on January                      BILLING CODE 9110–04–P
                                               non-Federal party contributions
                                                                                                       18–19, 2012, in Arlington, VA. This
                                               described; and
                                                                                                       notice corrects that previous notice to
                                                  (b) Resources available for supporting               add an explanation for why 15-days                     DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND
                                               the non-Federal party contributions                     advance notice was not given.                          SECURITY
                                               described.                                              DATES: The Committee will meet on
                                                                                                                                                              U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
                                                  Currently, the Coast Guard is                        Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from 9                     Services
                                               considering UrsaNav, Inc., for                          a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday, January 19,
                                               participation in this CRADA. This                       2012 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This                       [CIS No. 2510–11; DHS Docket No. USCIS
                                               consideration is based on UrsaNav,                      meeting may close early if all business                2007–0028]
                                               Inc.’s: (1) Expertise, experience, and                  is finished. Written material and                      RIN 1615–ZB06
                                               interest in low-frequency ‘‘precise time’’              requests to make oral presentations
                                               technology; and (2) capability to provide               should reach us on or before January 13,               Extension of the Designation of El
                                               the significant contributions required                  2012.                                                  Salvador for Temporary Protected
                                               for the CRADA work. However, we do                      ADDRESSES: The Committee will meet at                  Status and Automatic Extension of
                                               not wish to exclude other viable                        the American Bureau of Shipping, 1400                  Employment Authorization
                                               participants from this or future similar                Key Blvd., Suite 800, Arlington, VA                    Documentation for Salvadoran TPS
                                               CRADAs.                                                 22209.                                                 Beneficiaries
                                                  This is a technology transfer/                       FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr.                   AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and
                                               development effort. Presently, the Coast                Ryan Owens, ADFO of NMSAC, 2100                        Immigration Services, Department of
                                               Guard has no plan to acquire, operate,                  2nd Street SW., Stop 7581, Washington,                 Homeland Security.
                                               or provide alternative wireless time                    DC 20593–7581; telephone (202) 372–                    ACTION: Notice.
                                               technology or services. Since the goal of               1108 or email
                                               this CRADA is to identify and                           SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Coast                   SUMMARY:    This Notice announces that
                                               investigate the advantages,                             Guard’s January 9, 2012 notice of the                  the Secretary of Homeland Security
                                               disadvantages, performance, costs, and                  January 18–19, 2012, NMSAC meeting                     (Secretary) has extended the designation
                                               other issues associated with using                      inadvertently failed to contain an                     of El Salvador for temporary protected
                                               alternative wireless time technology,                   explanation for its publication less than              status (TPS) for 18 months from its
                                               and not to set future Coast Guard                       15 calendar days prior to the meeting,                 current expiration date of March 9, 2012
                                               acquisition requirements for the same,                  as required by General Services                        through September 9, 2013. The
                                               non-Federal CRADA participants will                     Administration rules 41 CFR 102–                       Secretary has determined that an
                                               not be excluded from any future Coast                   3.150(b). The reason the notice was                    extension is warranted because the
                                               Guard procurements based solely on                      published only 9 calendar days prior to                conditions in El Salvador that prompted
                                               their participation in this CRADA.                      the meeting was an administrative delay                the TPS designation continue to be met.
                                                  Special consideration will be given to               due to the Federal holidays. The Coast                 There continues to be a substantial, but
                                               small business firms/consortia, and                     Guard regrets the delay in publication,                temporary, disruption of living
                                               preference will be given to business                    but notes that the notice was publicly                 conditions in El Salvador resulting from
                                               units located in the U.S.                               available on the Federal Register Web                  a series of earthquakes in 2001, and El
                                                                                                       site 13 calendar days prior to the                     Salvador remains unable, temporarily,
                                               Authority                                                                                                      to handle adequately the return of its
                                                                                                       meeting. Additionally, all known
                                                 This notice is issued under the                       interested parties were made aware of                  nationals.
                                               authority of 15 U.S.C. 3710(a), 5 U.S.C.                the meeting with sufficient time for                      This Notice also sets forth procedures
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                                               552(a), and 33 CFR 1.05–1.                              planning purposes.                                     necessary for nationals of El Salvador
                                                                                                          It is critical that this meeting be held            (or aliens having no nationality who last
                                                 Dated: January 3, 2012.                               on the announced meeting date because                  habitually resided in El Salvador) with
                                               Alan N. Arsenault,                                      delays in committee discussions could                  TPS to re-register and to apply for an
                                               Capt, USCG, Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast              have significant ramifications for                     extension of their Employment
                                               Guard Research and Development Center.                  ongoing Coast Guard studies and                        Authorization Documents (EADs)
                                               [FR Doc. 2012–307 Filed 1–10–12; 8:45 am]               evaluations on the agenda for the                      (Forms I–766) with U.S. Citizenship and
                                               BILLING CODE 9110–04–P                                  upcoming meeting. Maintaining the                      Immigration Services (USCIS). Re-

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                                               registration is limited to persons who                  at the USCIS Web site at http://www.                   What authority does the Secretary of
                                               previously registered for TPS under the       , or call the USCIS National                  Homeland Security have to extend the
                                               designation of El Salvador and whose                    Customer Service Center at 1–(800) 375–                designation of El Salvador for TPS?
                                               applications have been granted or                       5283 (TTY 1–(800) 767–1833).                              Section 244(b)(1) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.
                                               remain pending. Certain nationals of El                    • Further information will also be                  1254a(b)(1), authorizes the Secretary,
                                               Salvador (or aliens having no                           available at local USCIS offices upon                  after consultation with appropriate
                                               nationality who last habitually resided                 publication of this Notice.                            Government agencies, to designate a
                                               in El Salvador) who have not previously                 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:                             foreign state (or part thereof) for TPS.1
                                               applied for TPS may be eligible to apply                                                                       The Secretary may then grant TPS to
                                               under the late initial registration                     Abbreviations and Terms Used in This
                                                                                                       Document                                               eligible nationals of that foreign state (or
                                               provisions.                                                                                                    aliens having no nationality who last
                                                  USCIS will issue new EADs with a                     Act—Immigration and Nationality Act                    habitually resided in that state). See
                                               September 9, 2013 expiration date to                    DHS—Department of Homeland Security
                                                                                                                                                              section 244(a)(1)(A) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.
                                               eligible Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries                   DOS—Department of State
                                                                                                       EAD—Employment Authorization Document                  1254a(a)(1)(A).
                                               who timely re-register and apply for                                                                              At least 60 days before the expiration
                                               EADs under this extension. Given the                    Government—U.S. Government
                                                                                                       IDB—Inter-American Development Bank                    of a country’s TPS designation or
                                               timeframes involved with processing                     OSC—U.S. Department of Justice, Office of              extension, the Secretary, after
                                               TPS re-registration applications, DHS                     Special Counsel for Immigration-Related              consultation with appropriate
                                               recognizes that all re-registrants may not                Unfair Employment Practices                          Government agencies, must review the
                                               receive new EADs until after their                      Secretary—Secretary of Homeland Security               conditions in a foreign state designated
                                               current EADs expire on March 9, 2012.                   TPS—Temporary Protected Status                         for TPS to determine whether the
                                               Accordingly, this Notice automatically                  USAID—U.S. Agency for International                    conditions for the TPS designation
                                               extends the validity of EADs issued                       Development
                                                                                                       USCIS—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
                                                                                                                                                              continue to be met. See section
                                               under the TPS designation of El                                                                                244(b)(3)(A) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.
                                               Salvador for 6 months, through                            Services
                                                                                                                                                              1254a(b)(3)(A). If the Secretary
                                               September 9, 2012, and explains how                     What is temporary protected status                     determines that a foreign state continues
                                               TPS beneficiaries and their employers                   (TPS)?                                                 to meet the conditions for TPS
                                               may determine which EADs are                                                                                   designation, the designation is extended
                                                                                                         • TPS is an immigration status
                                               automatically extended and their impact                                                                        for an additional 6 months (or in the
                                                                                                       granted to eligible nationals of a country
                                               on Form I–9 and E–Verify processes.                                                                            Secretary’s discretion for 12 or 18
                                                                                                       designated for TPS under the Act (or to
                                               DATES: The 18-month extension of the                    persons without nationality who last                   months). See section 244(b)(3)(C) of the
                                               TPS designation of El Salvador is                       habitually resided in the designated                   Act, 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(C). If the
                                               effective March 10, 2012 and will                       country).                                              Secretary determines that the foreign
                                               remain in effect through September 9,                     • During the TPS designation period,                 state no longer meets the conditions for
                                               2013. The 60-day re-registration period                 TPS beneficiaries are eligible to remain               TPS designation, the Secretary must
                                               begins January 9, 2012 and will remain                  in the United States and may obtain                    terminate the designation. See section
                                               in effect until March 9, 2012.                          work authorization, so long as they                    244(b)(3)(B) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.
                                               FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:                        continue to meet the requirements of                   1254a(b)(3)(B).
                                               • For further information on TPS,                       TPS status.                                            Why is the Secretary extending the TPS
                                               including guidance on the application                     • The granting of TPS does not lead                  designation for El Salvador through
                                               process and additional information on                   to permanent resident status.                          September 9, 2013?
                                               eligibility, please visit the TPS Web                     • When the Secretary of Homeland
                                               page at You                   Security (Secretary) terminates a                         Over the past year, the Department of
                                               can find specific information about this                country’s TPS designation, beneficiaries               Homeland Security (DHS) and the
                                               extension and about TPS for El Salvador                 return to the same immigration status                  Department of State (DOS) have
                                               by selecting ‘‘TPS Designated Country—                  they maintained before TPS (unless that                continued to review conditions in El
                                               El Salvador’’ from the menu on the left                 status has since expired or been                       Salvador. Based on this review and after
                                               of the TPS Web page. From the El                        terminated) or to any other lawfully                   consulting with DOS, the Secretary has
                                               Salvador page, you can select the El                    obtained immigration status they                       determined that an 18-month extension
                                               Salvador TPS Questions & Answers                        received while registered for TPS.                     is warranted because there continues to
                                               Section from the menu on the right for                                                                         be a substantial, but temporary,
                                               further information.                                    When was El Salvador designated for                    disruption of living conditions in El
                                                  • You can also contact the TPS                       TPS?                                                   Salvador resulting from the series of
                                               Operations Program Manager at Status                      On March 9, 2001, the Attorney                       earthquakes that struck the country in
                                               and Family Branch, Service Center                       General designated El Salvador for TPS                 2001, and El Salvador remains unable,
                                               Operations Directorate, U.S. Citizenship                based on an environmental disaster                     temporarily, to adequately handle the
                                               and Immigration Services, Department                    within that country, specifically a series             return of its nationals.
                                               of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts                  of earthquakes that occurred in 2001.                     The 2001 earthquakes resulted in the
                                               Avenue NW. Washington, DC 20529–                        See 66 FR 14214 and section                            loss of over 1000 lives, displacement of
                                               2060; or by phone at (202) 272–1533                     244(a)(b)(1)(B) of the Immigration and
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                                                                                                                                                                1 As of March 1, 2003, in accordance with section
                                               (this is not a toll-free number). Note:                 Nationality Act (Act), 8 U.S.C.
                                                                                                                                                              1517 of title XV of the Homeland Security Act of
                                               The phone number provided here is                       1254a(b)(1)(B). The last extension of                  2002 (HSA), Public Law 107–296, 116 Stat. 2135,
                                               solely for questions regarding this TPS                 TPS for El Salvador was announced on                   any reference to the Attorney General in a provision
                                               notice. It is not for individual case                   July 9, 2010, based on the Secretary’s                 of the Immigration and Nationality Act describing
                                               status inquiries.                                       determination that the conditions                      functions transferred from the Department of Justice
                                                                                                                                                              to the Department of Homeland Security ‘‘shall be
                                                  • Applicants seeking information                     warranting the designation continued to                deemed to refer to the Secretary’’ of Homeland
                                               about the status of their individual cases              be met. This announcement is the                       Security. See 6 U.S.C. 557 (codifying HSA, tit. XV,
                                               can check Case Status Online available                  eighth extension of TPS for El Salvador.               sec. 1517).

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                                               thousands more, the extensive                           since the destruction caused by the 2001               244(b)(3)(C) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.
                                               destruction of physical infrastructure,                 earthquakes. Reports further indicate                  1254a(b)(3)(C).
                                               and severe damage to the country’s                      that water treatment services in urban                   • There are approximately 212,000
                                               economic system. See 66 FR 14214                        areas have improved since the 2001                     nationals of El Salvador (or aliens
                                               (Mar. 9, 2001) (describing the                          earthquakes, and around four fifths of                 having no nationality who last
                                               devastation caused by earthquakes). El                  the urban population has access to clean               habitually resided in El Salvador) who
                                               Salvador’s recovery from the                            water. However, there are reports that                 may be eligible to re-register for TPS
                                               earthquakes is still incomplete, and                    only about 21 percent of rural                         under this extended designation.
                                               significant damage remains to the                       households had continuous water
                                               country’s infrastructure and public                     services.                                              Notice of Extension of the TPS
                                               services.                                                  El Salvador is still rebuilding from the            Designation of El Salvador
                                                  In response to the devastation caused                devastating 2001 earthquakes. However,                    By the authority vested in me as
                                               by the 2001 earthquakes, the U.S.                       rebuilding efforts have been further                   Secretary of Homeland Security under
                                               Agency for International Development                    complicated by more recent natural                     section 244 of the Act, 8 U.S.C. 1254a,
                                               (USAID), the Inter-American                             disasters and by sluggish economic                     I have determined after consultation
                                               Development Bank (IDB), the World                       growth. Due to these environmental                     with the appropriate Government
                                               Bank, and the European Union initiated                  factors, United Nations Development                    agencies, that the conditions that
                                               reconstruction efforts in areas                         Programme recently classified El                       prompted the designation of El Salvador
                                               throughout El Salvador. Recovery has                    Salvador among the most vulnerable                     for temporary protected status (TPS) on
                                               been slow and encumbered by                             countries in the world. Given the                      March 9, 2001 continue to be met. See
                                               Hurricanes Adrian and Stan in 2005,                     ongoing challenges faced by the                        section 244(b)(3)(A) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.
                                               Hurricane Felix in 2007, Hurricane Ida                  country, El Salvador remains                           1254a(b)(3)(A). On the basis of this
                                               in 2009, and most recently Tropical                     temporarily unable to handle adequately                determination, I am extending the TPS
                                               Storm Agatha in 2010.                                   the return of its nationals from the                   designation of El Salvador for 18
                                                  While all major roads damaged by the                 United States.                                         months from its current expiration on
                                               earthquakes appear to have been                            While the U.S. government has                       March 9, 2012 through September 9,
                                               reconstructed and are functioning, El                   significantly invested in the recovery                 2013.
                                               Salvador’s road networks remain                         from the damage caused by the 2001
                                               vulnerable to adverse climatic                          earthquakes and in the overall                         Janet Napolitano,
                                               conditions. Of the approximately                        development of El Salvador, the                        Secretary.
                                               276,000 homes destroyed, only about                     Salvadoran economy remains fragile                     Required Application Forms and
                                               half have been reconstructed or repaired                and suffers from infrastructure                        Application Fees To Register or Re-
                                               through assistance from USAID, the                      shortcomings. An influx of TPS                         register for TPS
                                               Salvadoran government and                               returnees would further strain already
                                               international donors, including an                      overburdened health and education                         To register or re-register for TPS for El
                                               estimated 12,512 houses built or                        sectors in El Salvador’s rural                         Salvador, an applicant must submit:
                                               reconstructed through European Union                    communities which have yet to fully                       1. Application for Temporary
                                               and Habitat-for-Humanity efforts. The                   recover from the 2001 earthquakes. Due                 Protected Status, Form I–821.
                                               IDB has also initiated reconstruction                   to these conditions, there continues to                   • You only need to pay the Form I–
                                               efforts in areas throughout the country,                be a substantial, but temporary,                       821 application fee if you are filing an
                                               but it is believed that the program is still            disruption in living conditions in El                  application for late initial registration.
                                               far from completion.                                    Salvador, and the country continues to                 See 8 CFR sec. 244.2(f)(2) and
                                                  El Salvador’s Ministry of Education                  be unable, temporarily, to handle                      information on late initial filing on the
                                               reported that while over 2,300 schools                  adequately, the return of its nationals.               USCIS TPS Web page at
                                               had been rebuilt as of July 2004, the                      Based upon this review and after                    tps.
                                               remaining 270 schools damaged by the                    consultation with appropriate                             • You do not need to pay the Form
                                               earthquakes will require $21.7 million                  Government agencies, the Secretary                     I–821 fee for a re-registration; and
                                               in financing to complete construction.                  finds that:                                               2. Application for Employment
                                               According to the USAID Reconstruction                      • The conditions that prompted the                  Authorization, Form I–765.
                                               Office, that funding was not available.                 March 9, 2001, designation of El                          • If you are applying for re-
                                                  In the immediate aftermath of the                    Salvador for TPS continue to be met.                   registration, you must pay the Form I–
                                               earthquake, seven hospitals and 113 of                  See section 244(b)(3)(A) of the Act, 8                 765 application fee only if you want an
                                               361 health facilities were severely                     U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A).                                 Employment Authorization Document
                                               damaged; these numbers represented 55                      • There continues to be a substantial,              (EAD) (Form I–766).
                                               percent of the country’s capacity to                    but temporary, disruption in living                       • If you are applying for late initial
                                               deliver health services. In June 2011, 10               conditions in El Salvador as a result of               registration and want an EAD, you must
                                               years after the earthquake, the last                    an environmental disaster. See section                 pay the Form I–765 fee only if you are
                                               damaged hospital was reopened.                          244(b)(1)(B) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.                      age 14 through 65. No EAD fee is
                                                  The National Water Institution                       1254a(b)(1)(B).                                        required if you are under the age of 14
                                               estimated that 40–50 percent of the                        • El Salvador continues to be unable,               or over the age of 65 and applying for
                                               population is without access to potable                 temporarily, to handle adequately the                  late initial registration.
                                                                                                                                                                 • You do not pay the Form I–765 fee
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                                               water on account of a continued lack of                 return of its nationals (or aliens having
                                               electricity and damage to the water                     no nationality who last habitually                     if you are not requesting an EAD.
                                               system resulting from the earthquakes.                  resided in El Salvador). See section                      You must submit both completed
                                               Despite international funding for                       244(b)(1)(B) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.                      application forms together. If you are
                                               reconstruction of water systems, there                  1254a(b)(1)(B).                                        unable to pay, you may apply for
                                               was no accurate record at the national                     • The designation of El Salvador for                application and/or biometrics fee
                                               level that stated how many water and                    TPS should be extended for an                          waivers by completing a Request for Fee
                                               sanitation systems had been repaired                    additional 18-month period. See section                Waiver (Form I–912) or submitting a

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                                               personal letter requesting a fee waiver,                documentation. For more information                    fee waiver request and is unable to refile
                                               and providing satisfactory supporting                   on the biometric services fee, please                  by the re-registration deadline, the
                                               documentation. For more information                     visit the USCIS Web site at http://www.                applicant may still refile his or her
                                               on the application forms and fees for          If necessary, you may be                    applications. This situation will fall
                                               TPS, please visit the USCIS TPS Web                     required to visit an Application Support               under good cause for late re-registration.
                                               page at and                    Center to have your biometrics                         However, applicants are urged to refile
                                               click on Temporary Protected Status for                 captured.                                              within 45 days of the date on their
                                               El Salvador. Fees for Form I–821, Form                                                                         USCIS fee waiver denial notice, if at all
                                                                                                       Refiling After Receiving a Denial of a
                                               I–765, and biometric services are also                                                                         possible. See section 244(c)(3)(A)(iii) of
                                                                                                       Fee Waiver Request
                                               described in 8 CFR 103.7(b).
                                                                                                         USCIS urges all re-registering                       the Act; 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(3)(A)(iii); 8
                                               Biometric Services Fee                                  applicants to file as soon as possible                 CFR 244.17(c). For more information on
                                                 Biometrics (such as fingerprints) are                 within the 60-day re-registration period               good cause for late re-registration,
                                               required for all applicants 14 years of                 so that USCIS can promptly process the                 please look at the Questions & Answers
                                               age or older. Those applicants must                     applications and issue EADs. Filing                    for El Salvador TPS found on the USCIS
                                               submit a biometric services fee. As                     early will also allow those applicants                 TPS Web page for El Salvador.
                                               previously stated, if you are unable to                 who may receive denials of their fee                   Mailing Information
                                               pay, you may apply for a biometrics fee                 waiver requests to have time to refile
                                               waiver by completing a Form I–912, or                   their applications before the re-                        Mail your application for TPS to the
                                               a personal letter requesting a fee waiver,              registration deadline. If, however, an                 proper address in Table 1:
                                               and providing satisfactory supporting                   applicant receives a denial of his or her

                                                                                                             TABLE 1—MAILING ADDRESSES
                                                                                      If ...                                                                          Mail to ...

                                               You are applying for re-registration and you live in the following states/           U.S. Postal Service: USCIS
                                                 territories: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana,           Attn: TPS El Salvador
                                                 Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hamp-                      P.O. Box 8635
                                                 shire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Is-                   Chicago, IL 60680–8635.
                                                 land, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, West Vir-                  Non-U.S. Postal Delivery Service: USCIS
                                                 ginia.                                                                             Attn: TPS El Salvador
                                                                                                                                    131 S. Dearborn—3rd Floor
                                                                                                                                    Chicago, IL 60603–5517.
                                               You are applying for re-registration and you live in the following states/           U.S. Postal Service: USCIS
                                                 territories: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Colorado,                  Attn: TPS El Salvador
                                                 Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana; Minnesota, Mis-                      P.O. Box 660864
                                                 sissippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York,                       Dallas, TX 75266.
                                                 North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico,                     Non-U.S. Postal Delivery Service: USCIS
                                                 South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virgin Islands, Wisconsin,                   2501 S. State Highway, 121 Business
                                                 Wyoming.                                                                           Suite 400
                                                                                                                                    Lewisville, TX 75067.
                                               You are applying for re-registration and you live in the following states/           U.S. Postal Service: USCIS
                                                 territories: Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington.                      Attn: TPS El Salvador
                                                                                                                                    P.O. Box 21800
                                                                                                                                    Phoenix, AZ 85036.
                                                                                                                                    Non-U.S. Postal Delivery Service: USCIS
                                                                                                                                    1820 E. Skyharbor, Circle S, Suite 100
                                                                                                                                    Phoenix, AZ 85034.
                                               You are applying for the first time as a late initial registrant through US          U.S. Postal Service: USCIS
                                                 Postal Service.                                                                    Attn: TPS El Salvador
                                                                                                                                    P.O. Box 8670
                                                                                                                                    Chicago, IL 60680–8670.
                                                                                                                                    Non-U.S. Postal Delivery Service: USCIS
                                                                                                                                    Attn: TPS El Salvador
                                                                                                                                    131 S. Dearborn—3rd Floor
                                                                                                                                    Chicago, IL 60603–5517.

                                                 If you were granted TPS by an                         you do not need to submit any                          Employment Authorization Document
                                               Immigration Judge (IJ) or the Board of                  supporting documents or evidence, you                  (EAD)
                                               Immigration Appeals (BIA), and you                      are eligible to file your applications
                                               wish to request an EAD or are re-                                                                              May I request an interim EAD at my
                                                                                                       electronically. For more information on
                                               registering for the first time following a                                                                     local USCIS office?
                                                                                                       e-filing, please visit the USCIS E-Filing
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                                               grant by the IJ or BIA, please mail your                Reference Guide at the USCIS Web site                    No. USCIS will not issue interim
                                               application to the proper address for                   at                               EADs to TPS applicants and re-
                                               TPS re-registration based on the
                                                                                                                                                              registrants at local offices.
                                               state/territory where you live.
                                                 If you are re-registering for TPS
                                               during the re-registration period and

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                                               Am I eligible to receive an automatic 6-                What documentation may I show my                         (1) For Section 1, you should:
                                               month extension of my current EAD                       employer if I am already employed but                    a. Check ‘‘An alien authorized to
                                               from March 9, 2012 through September                    my current TPS-related EAD is set to                   work’’;
                                               9, 2012?                                                expire?                                                  b. Write your alien number (A-
                                                                                                                                                              number) in the first space (your EAD or
                                                  You will receive an automatic 6-                       You must present any document from
                                                                                                                                                              other document from DHS will have
                                               month extension of your EAD if you:                     List A or any document from List C on
                                                                                                                                                              your A-number printed on it); and
                                                                                                       Form I–9 to reverify employment
                                                  • Are a national of El Salvador (or an                                                                        c. Write the automatic extension date
                                                                                                       authorization. Employers are required to
                                               alien having no nationality who last                                                                           in the second space.
                                                                                                       reverify on Form I–9 the employment
                                               habitually resided in El Salvador);                                                                              (2) For Section 2, employers should:
                                                                                                       authorization of current employees                       a. Record the document title;
                                                  • Received an EAD under the last                     upon the expiration of a TPS-related
                                               extension of TPS for El Salvador; and                                                                            b. Record the document number; and
                                                                                                       EAD.                                                     c. Record the automatically extended
                                                  • Have not had TPS withdrawn or                        If you received a 6-month automatic                  EAD expiration date.
                                               denied.                                                 extension of your EAD by virtue of this                  After September 9, 2012, employers
                                                  This automatic extension is limited to               Federal Register notice, your employer                 must reverify the employee’s
                                               EADs with an expiration date of March                   does not need to reverify until after                  employment authorization in Section 3
                                               9, 2012. These EADs must also bear the                  September 9, 2012. However, you and                    of Form I–9.
                                               notation ‘‘A–12’’ or ‘‘C–19’’ on the face               your employer do need to make
                                               of the card under ‘‘Category.’’                         corrections to the employment                          What corrections should I and my
                                                                                                       authorization expiration dates in section              employer at my current job make to
                                               When hired, what documentation may I                    1 and section 2 of the Form I–9 (see the               Form I–9 if my EAD has been
                                               show to my employer as proof of                         subsection below titled ‘‘What                         automatically extended?
                                               employment authorization and identity                   corrections should I and my employer at                  If you are an existing employee who
                                               when completing Employment                              my current job make to Form I–9 if my                  presented a TPS EAD that was valid
                                               Eligibility Verification, Form I–9?                     EAD has been automatically extended?’’                 when you first started your job, but that
                                                  You can find a list of acceptable                    for further information). In addition,                 EAD has now been automatically
                                               document choices on page 5 of the                       you may also show this Federal Register                extended, you and your employer
                                               Employment Eligibility Verification,                    notice to your employer to avoid                       should correct your previously
                                               Form I–9. Employers are required to                     confusion about whether or not your                    completed Form I–9 as follows:
                                               verify the identity and employment                      expired TPS-related document is                          (1) For Section 1, you should:
                                               authorization of all new employees by                   acceptable. After September 9, 2012,                     a. Draw a line through the expiration
                                               using Form I–9. Within three days of                    when the automatic extension expires,                  date in the second space;
                                               hire, an employee must present proof of                 your employer must reverify your                         b. Write ‘‘September 9, 2012’’ above
                                               identity and employment authorization                   employment authorization. You may                      the previous date;
                                               to his or her employer.                                 show any document from List A or List                    c. Write ‘‘TPS Ext.’’ in the margin of
                                                                                                       C on Form I–9 to satisfy this                          Section 1; and
                                                  You may present any document from                    reverification requirement.                              d. Initial and date the correction in
                                               List A (reflecting both your identity and
                                                                                                       What happens after September 9, 2012                   the margin of Section 1.
                                               employment authorization), or one
                                                                                                                                                                (2) For Section 2, employers should:
                                               document from List B (reflecting                        for purposes of employment
                                                                                                                                                                a. Draw a line through the expiration
                                               identity) together with one document                    authorization?
                                                                                                                                                              date written in Section 2;
                                               from List C (reflecting employment                         After September 9, 2012, employers                    b. Write September 9, 2012, above the
                                               authorization). An EAD is an acceptable                 may not accept the EADs that were                      previous date;
                                               document under ‘‘List A.’’                              automatically extended by this Federal                   c. Write ‘‘TPS Ext.’’ in the margin of
                                                  If you received a 6-month automatic                  Register notice. However, USCIS will                   Section 2; and
                                               extension of your EAD by virtue of this                 issue new EADs to TPS re-registrants.                    d. Initial and date the correction in
                                               Federal Register notice, you may choose                 These EADs will have an expiration                     the margin of Section 2.
                                               to present your automatically extended                  date of September 9, 2013 and can be                     After September 9, 2012, when the
                                               EAD, as described above, to your                        presented to your employer as proof of                 automatic extension of EADs expires,
                                               employer as proof of identity and                       employment authorization and identity.                 employers must reverify the employee’s
                                               employment authorization for Form I–9                   The EAD will bear the notation ‘‘A–12’’                employment authorization in Section 3.
                                               through September 9, 2012 (see the                      or ‘‘C–19’’ on the face of the card under
                                               subsection below titled ‘‘How do I and                                                                         If I am an employer enrolled in E–
                                                                                                       ‘‘Category.’’ Alternatively, you may
                                               my employer complete Form I–9 (i.e.,                                                                           Verify, what do I do when I receive a
                                                                                                       choose to present any other legally
                                               verification) using an automatically                                                                           ‘‘Work Authorization Documents
                                                                                                       acceptable document or combination of
                                               extended EAD for a new job?’’ for                                                                              Expiring’’ alert for an automatically
                                                                                                       documents listed on the Form I–9 to
                                               further information). To minimize                                                                              extended EAD?
                                                                                                       prove identity and employment
                                               confusion over this extension at the                    authorization.                                           If you are an employer who
                                               time of hire, you may also show your                                                                           participates in E–Verify, you will
                                               employer a copy of this Federal Register                How do I and my employer complete                      receive a ‘‘Work Authorization
                                                                                                       Form I–9 (i.e., verification) using an
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                                               notice confirming the automatic                                                                                Documents Expiring’’ case alert when a
                                               extension of employment authorization                   automatically extended EAD for a new                   TPS beneficiary’s EAD is about to
                                               through September 9, 2012. As an                        job?                                                   expire. Usually, this message is an alert
                                               alternative to presenting your                            When using an automatically                          to complete Section 3 of Form I–9 to
                                               automatically extended EAD, you may                     extended EAD to fill out Form I–9 for                  reverify an employee’s employment
                                               choose to present any other acceptable                  a new job prior to September 9, 2012,                  authorization. For existing employees
                                               document from List A, or List B plus                    you and your employer should do the                    with TPS EADs that have been
                                               List C.                                                 following:                                             automatically extended, employers

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                                               should disregard the E–Verify case alert                Form I–9, and discriminatory practices                 response following completion of all
                                               and follow the instructions above                       related E–Verify. Employers must accept                required SAVE verification steps, the
                                               explaining how to correct Form I–9.                     any document or combination of                         agency must offer you the opportunity
                                               After September 9, 2012, employment                     documents acceptable for Form I–9                      to appeal the decision in accordance
                                               authorization needs to be reverified in                 completion if the documentation                        with the agency’s procedures. If the
                                               Section 3. You should never use E–                      reasonably appears to be genuine and to                agency has completed all SAVE
                                               Verify for reverification.                              relate to the employee. Employers may                  verification and you do not believe the
                                                                                                       not require extra or additional                        response is correct, you may make an
                                               Can my employer require that I produce
                                                                                                       documentation beyond what is required                  Info Pass appointment for an in-person
                                               any other documentation to prove my
                                               status, such as proof of my Salvadoran                  for Form I–9 completion. Further,                      interview at a local USCIS office.
                                               citizenship?                                            employees who receive an initial                       Detailed information on how to make
                                                                                                       mismatch via E–Verify must be given an                 corrections, make an appointment, or
                                                  No. When completing the Form I–9,                    opportunity to challenge the mismatch,                 submit a written request can be found
                                               employers must accept any                               and employers are prohibited from                      at the SAVE Web site at
                                               documentation that appears on the lists                 taking adverse action against such                     save, then by choosing ‘‘How to Correct
                                               of acceptable documentation, and that                   employees based on the initial                         Your Records’’ from the menu on the
                                               reasonably appears to be genuine and                    mismatch unless and until E–Verify                     right.
                                               that relates to you. Employers may not                  returns a final non-confirmation. The                  [FR Doc. 2012–143 Filed 1–10–12; 8:45 am]
                                               request documentation that does not                     Hotline accepts calls in multiple                      BILLING CODE 9111–97–P
                                               appear on the Form I–9. Therefore,                      languages. Additional information is
                                               employers may not request proof of                      available on the OSC Web site at
                                               Salvadoran citizenship when                   
                                               completing Form I–9. If presented with                                                                         DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND
                                               EADs that have been automatically                       Note Regarding Federal, State and                      URBAN DEVELOPMENT
                                               extended pursuant to this Federal                       Local Government Agencies (Such as
                                                                                                       Departments of Motor Vehicles)                         [Docket No. FR–5603–N–01]
                                               Register notice or EADs that are
                                               unexpired on their face, employers                        State and local government agencies                  Notice of Submission of Proposed
                                               should accept such EADs as valid ‘‘List                 are permitted to create their own                      Information Collection to OMB Tribal
                                               A’’ documents so long as the EADs                       guidelines when granting certain                       Colleges and University Programs
                                               reasonably appear to be genuine and to                  benefits. Each state may have different
                                               relate to the employee. See below for                   laws, requirements, and determinations                 AGENCY:  Office of the Chief Information
                                               important information about your rights                 about what documents you need to                       Officer, HUD.
                                               if your employer rejects lawful                         provide to prove eligibility for certain               ACTION: Notice.
                                               documentation, requires additional                      benefits. If you are applying for a state
                                               documentation, or otherwise                             or local government benefit, you may                   SUMMARY:   The proposed information
                                               discriminates against you because or                    need to provide the state or local                     collection requirement described below
                                               your citizenship or immigration status,                 government agency with documents that                  has been submitted to the Office of
                                               or national origin.                                     show you are a TPS beneficiary and/or                  Management and Budget (OMB) for
                                                                                                       show you are authorized to work based                  review, as required by the Paperwork
                                               Note to All Employers                                                                                          Reduction Act. The Department is
                                                                                                       on TPS. Examples are:
                                                 Employers are reminded that the laws                    (1) Your expired EAD that has been                   soliciting public comments on the
                                               requiring employment eligibility                        automatically extended, or your EAD                    subject proposal.
                                               verification and prohibiting unfair                     that has a valid expiration date;                      DATES: Comments Due Date: February
                                               immigration-related employment                            (2) A copy of this Federal Register                  10, 2012.
                                               practices remain in full force. This                    notice if your EAD is automatically                    ADDRESSES: Interested persons are
                                               notice does not supersede or in any way                 extended under this notice;                            invited to submit comments regarding
                                               limit applicable employment                               (3) A copy of your Application for                   this proposal. Comments should refer to
                                               verification rules and policy guidance,                 Temporary Protected Status, Form I–821                 the proposal by name and/or OMB
                                               including those rules setting forth                     Receipt Notice (Form I–797) for this re-               approval Number (2528–0215) and
                                               reverification requirements. For                        registration;                                          should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer,
                                               questions, employers may call the                         (4) A copy of your past or current                   Office of Management and Budget, New
                                               USCIS Customer Assistance Office at 1–                  Form I–821 Approval Notice (Form I–                    Executive Office Building, Washington,
                                               (800) 357–2099. The USCIS Customer                      797), if you receive one from USCIS;                   DC 20503; email OIRA-
                                               Assistance Office accepts calls in                      and                                           fax: (202)
                                               English and Spanish only. Employers                       (5) If there is an automatic extension               395–5806.
                                               may also call the Department of Justice                 of work authorization, a copy of the fact
                                                                                                       sheet from the USCIS TPS Web site that                 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
                                               (DOJ) Office of Special Counsel for
                                               Immigration-Related Unfair                              provides information on the automatic                  Colette Pollard, Reports Management
                                               Employment Practices (OSC) Employer                     extension.                                             Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing
                                               Hotline at 1–(800) 255–8155.                              Check with the state or local agency                 and Urban Development, 451 Seventh
                                                                                                       regarding which document(s) the agency                 Street SW., Washington, DC 20410;
                                               Note to Employees                                                                                              email Colette Pollard at
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                                                                                                       will accept.
                                                 Employees or applicants may call the                    Some benefit-granting agencies use         ; or telephone
                                               DOJ OSC Worker Information Hotline at                   the USCIS Systematic Alien Verification                (202) 402–3400. This is not a toll-free
                                               1–(800) 255–7688 for information                        for Entitlements Program (SAVE) to                     number. Copies of available documents
                                               regarding employment discrimination                     verify the current immigration status of               submitted to OMB may be obtained
                                               based upon citizenship or immigration                   applicants for public benefits. If such an             from Ms. Pollard.
                                               status, and national origin, unfair                     agency has denied your application                     SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This
                                               documentary practices related to the                    based solely or in part on a SAVE                      notice informs the public that the

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