WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TPS FOR HAITI
DHS Re-Designates TPS for Haiti for 18 months, through February 3, 2023!
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) re-designated Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from August 3, 2021 through February 3, 2023. TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible individuals from designated countries who are unable to return home safely due to conditions or circumstances in their home countries.
Individuals who: are Haitian nationals, or without nationality who last regularly lived in Haiti; have continuously lived in the U.S. since July 29, 2021; and have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since August 3, 2021, may be eligible to register for TPS. Some individuals may be ineligible under certain disqualifying crimes and offenses.
Applying for TPS for the First Time
Eligible individuals must timely apply, or register, for TPS. To register, individuals must submit a complete application (Form I-821), with required documentation and applicable filings fees, or a request for a waiver of those fees, to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within the registration period. The registration period is for the full 18-month designation, from August 3, 2021 until February 3, 2023.
Individuals with TPS Should Also Register
Eligible individuals who have had their TPS extended due to the ongoing court cases (in Ramos and Saget) must also timely register for TPS under this new designation so that they are able to keep their TPS under this new designation, regardless of developments in the ongoing cases. To register, individuals must submit a complete application (Form I-821), with required documentation and applicable filings fees, or a request for a waiver of those fees, to USCIS within the registration period, from August 3, 2021 to February 3, 2023.
TPS-Related Work Authorization
Individuals who successfully register for TPS will be authorized to work until February 3, 2023. To obtain proof of work authorization, an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), eligible individuals must submit a complete application (Form I-765), with required documentation and applicable filing fees, or a request for a waiver of those fees, to USCIS.
TPS Holders Should Seek Reputable Legal Assistance
It is important for individuals, even in TPS status, to investigate whether they may be eligible for any other type of immigration benefits and, if not, to explore their options affecting everything from mortgages to family arrangements. Beware of scammers. Find a reputable legal service provider near you.
Take Action and make your voice heard!
While this is great news, TPS only provides temporary protections for immigrants who have lived and worked in the U.S. for years, many of whom are on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic. Take action by urging Congress to provide a roadmap to citizenship for TPS holders, Dreamers, farm and essential workers, and the 11 million undocumented immigrants who already call America home. Call Congress today and get your friends and family to call too: 1-877-267-5060.