The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) granted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) toward Haitian immigrants after a devastating January 21, 2010 earthquake struck the country has been extended for an additional 18 months. The extension is effective from Jan. 23, 2016, through July 22, 2017.
In an August 25 announcement posted on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) site, current TPS Haiti beneficiaries seeking to extend status must re-register during the 60-day period that runs from Aug. 25, 2015 through Oct. 26, 2015. The extended designation runs from Jan. 23, 2016 through July 22, 2017. The announcement also notes beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible.
With the 18-month extension, TPS beneficiaries who re-register can also apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Those who re-register before the October 26 deadline will receive a new EAD valid through July 22, 2017.
Because some re-registrants might not receive their new EADs until after expiration of a current EAD, “USCIS is automatically extending current TPS Haiti EADs bearing a Jan. 22, 2016 expiration date for an additional six months,” according the announcement. “These existing EADs are now valid through July 22, 2016.”
The checklist of materials to submit in order to re-register:
- Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status—no fee is required for re-registrants
- Biometric services fee (or a fee waiver request) for re-registrants who are 14 years old or older
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization— whether requesting an EAD or not
- Application fee for Form I-765, or a fee waiver request, in cases where an EAD is request.
The Secretary of Homeland Security can grant TPS status to a foreign country due to conditions inside 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. “ USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States. Eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS.”