Six-Month TPS Extension for Haiti

Six-Month TPS Extension for HaitiEligible 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.