Haiti Temporary Protected Status (TPS): Immigrants Must Re-register by May 2

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Haitian immigrants who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) must complete re-registration by May 2, 2014 for an extension of their TPS status. Failing to re-register by this date could mean losing their lawful status and work authorization, according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS.)

USCIS will provide Haitian immigrants who register before the deadline with a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD), which will have an expiration date of Jan. 22, 2016. USCIS is giving current TPS Haiti EADs with a July 22, 2014 expiration date an automatic six-month extension to Jan. 22, 2015. The extension assists re-registrants who otherwise might not receive their new EADs until after their current ones expire.

To re-register, use Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. USCIS also requires everyone to submit Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization even if no employment authorization is being requested.

There is no application fee to re-register with form I-821, but people age 14 and older are required to pay a biometric service. An application fee is also charged for filing Form I-765 when re-registrants are requesting an EAD, but this fee is waived for those who aren’t requesting an EAD. If you can’t afford to pay the application fee, you can apply for a fee waiver.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began re-registration for extending TPS status in March. Jeh Johnson, DHS secretary, opened the 60-day window for a March 3-May 2 re-registration period. The Secretary of Homeland Security has the authority to designate a foreign country for TPS due to “conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately,” according to USCIS information.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began granting TPS status to Haitian nationals four years ago. That’s when a 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the nation, killing more than 220,000 and injuring more than 300,000. The disaster left more than 1.5 million homeless. Social justice organization Oxfam International describes the situation in Haiti as an “immense humanitarian crisis, highlighting long-lasting development challenges.” The organization cites an outbreak of cholera beginning in October 2010 and a number of tropical storms as additional factors complicating the situation.