Haiti TPS Extended

Haiti TPS Relief
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Yesterday Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced that DHS will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Haiti for an additional 18 months, effective July 23, 2014 through January 22, 2016.

Current Haitian beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from March 3, 2014, through May 2, 2014. USCIS has encouraged beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible.

The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Card (work permit). The new work permit would expire January 22, 2016. Because some re-registrants may not receive their new employment authorization cards until after their current cards expire, USCIS will automatically extend current Haiti TPS employment authorization cards bearing a July 22, 2014 expiration date for an additional six months. Thus, the current cards are now valid through January 22, 2015.

Haiti TPS relief effort
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To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. TPS re-registrants requesting an EAD must submit the Form I-765 application fee, or a fee-waiver request. If the re-registrant does not want an EAD, no application fee is required.

Additional information on TPS for Haiti—including guidance on eligibility, the application process, and where to file, go to the USCIS TPS page.