Eligible Haitian nationals and eligible individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti can extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation by six months– to Jan.22, 2018– by re-registering for the status by July 24, 2017. Along with the TPS re-registration, beneficiaries can also request a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD.)
“Although Haiti has made significant progress in recovering from the January 2010 earthquake that prompted its designation,” according to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) release, “conditions in Haiti supporting its designation continue to be met at this time.”
Individuals who request a new EAD during the 60-day re-registration period may receive an automatic 180-day extension from their current EAD expiration date. EAD extensions are only provided to those individuals requesting a new EAD. With an approved EAD request, beneficiaries receive a new EAD with a Jan. 22, 2018 expiration date.
“TPS beneficiaries are strongly encouraged to re-register and file their EAD applications as early as possible to avoid lapses in the documentation of employment authorization,” according to the release.
In order to re-register, TPS beneficiaries must submit these:
Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status (re-registrants don’t need to pay the Form I-821 application fee)
Biometric services fee (or a fee-waiver request) for those aged 14 or older
Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, regardless of whether re-registrants want an EAD. Individuals must also include the Form I-765 application fee or fee waiver request only when an EAD is wanted. Re-registrants who don’t want an EAD must still submit the application, but the fee isn’t required.
Re-registrants requesting a fee waiver file Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver or submit a written request for the fee waiver. Whether filed with the form or through a written request, applicants must provide accompanying documentation to support the request.
“USCIS will reject the TPS application of any applicant who fails to submit the required filing fee or a properly documented fee-waiver request.”
Additional guidance and eligibility information, as well as information on the application process and where to file for TPS for Haiti, is available at uscis.gov/tps.