CMS legal staff recently assisted more than 100 El Salvadoran families to apply for renewal of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In collaboration with Centro Hispano Cuzcatlan, CMS made a coordinated effort to provide easily accessible legal counseling and representation to eligible individuals in Jamaica, Queens. This service is very significant to the El Salvadoran immigrant community because TPS provides lawful status and employment authorization in the United States. This form of immigration relief was first made available to El Salvadoran nationals present in the United States in the aftermath of devastating earthquakes that occurred in El Salvador in 2001. It has since been extended but all beneficiaries of TPS are required to apply for renewal of their status.
This project was supervised by CMS Immigration Operations Manager Frederick Stefani and conducted by six CMS staff members, including attorneys and immigration counselors, plus two volunteers.