New Designation Allows Eligible Haitians to Apply for TPS and Employment
Authorization

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced a new 18-month designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This new TPS designation enables Haitian nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Haiti) currently residing in the United States as of May 21, 2021 to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility requirements.

It is important to note that TPS
will apply only to those individuals who are already residing in the United
States as of May 21, 2021 and meet all other requirements. Those who attempt to
travel to the United States after this announcement will not be eligible for
TPS and may be repatriated. Haiti’s 18-month designation will go into effect on
the publication date of the Federal Register notice to come
shortly. The Federal Register notice will provide instructions
for applying for TPS and employment authorization documentation.

Individuals
eligible for TPS under Haiti’s new designation must file an application for TPS
with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within the registration period
that will begin upon publication of the Federal Register notice.
This
includes current beneficiaries under Haiti’s TPS designation, who will need to
file a new application to register for TPS to ensure they do not lose TPS or
experience a gap in coverage. Individuals
filing for TPS may also request an Employment Authorization Document and travel
authorization. All
individuals applying for TPS undergo security and background checks as part of
determining eligibility.Existing TPS Haiti beneficiaries retain their TPS and TPS-related
documents through October 4, 2021, and DHS will continue to extend the benefit
and documents if required to comply with court orders. These beneficiaries are
also eligible to apply under the new designation of Haiti to receive TPS for
the entire 18-month period that will be described in the soon-to-be
published Federal Register notice.

Schedule a legal consultation with Mira Law Group if you think you may qualify for TPS or are unsure and want to know more on how to navigate the U.S. immigration system.