TPS Extended for Haiti
Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) has been extended for Haiti for an additional 18 months. The extension is effective January 23, 2016 through July 22, 2017. Haiti was initially designated for TPS after a major earthquake that occurred on January 21, 2010. The Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies have determined that the current conditions in Haiti have not so drastically improved as to remove the TPS designation.
Current Haiti TPS beneficiaries who wish to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60 day period that runs from August 25, 2015 until October 26, 2015. USCIS has made it very clear that applications will not be accepted before August 25, 2015. This extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document which will have an expiration date of July 22, 2017.
To re-register, applicable beneficiaries must submit:
- Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status;
- The biometric service fee (or a fee waiver) if 14 years old or older;
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
All forms can be downloaded from the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/forms . Or by calling USCIS toll-free at 1-800-870-3676.
For more information regarding TPS please see the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status-deferred-enforced-departure/temporary-protected-status and http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status/tps-designated-country-haiti .