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Extension/Redesignation of Haiti for TPS

DHS announced the extension and redesignation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. This is due to the extraordinary and temporary conditions of Haiti that prevent individuals from safely returning to the country.

What is TPS?

TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of a designated foreign state. USCIS also grants TPS to eligible individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in the designated foreign state.

During the TPS designation period, TPS beneficiaries are eligible to remain in the United States, may not be removed, and may obtain work authorization (EADs) if they continue to meet the TPS’ requirements. TPS beneficiaries may also apply for and obtain travel authorization based on DHS’ discretion.

Extension and Redesignation of Haiti for TPS

The extension and redesignation of Haiti for TPS begins on August 4, 2024, and ends on February 3, 2026. This extension and redesignation allows Haitian nationals (and individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti) to apply or re-register for TPS if they satisfy the following conditions:

  • Have been continuously residing in the United States since June 3, 2024;
  • Have been continuously physically present in the United States since August 4, 2024; and
  • Meet other eligible criteria.

Registration Information

Extension of Designation of Haiti for TPS: Existing TPS beneficiaries who wish to extend their TPS status through February 3, 2026, must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period. This re-registration period begins on July 1, 2024, and ends on August 30, 2024. If existing beneficiaries do not re-register properly within the re-registration period, USCIS may withdraw their TPS following appropriate procedures.

Redesignation of Haiti for TPS: Eligible individuals who do not currently have TPS may submit a Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status during the initial registration period, which begins on July 1, 2024, and ends on February 3, 2026.

Employment Authorization Documents (EADs)

Existing beneficiaries who re-register may also apply to renew their EADs. Those who want to obtain EADs must file a Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and pay the Form I-765 fee. If eligible, those beneficiaries may also request a fee waiver by filing a Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver.

USCIS will issue new EADs with a February 3, 2026, expiration date to eligible TPS beneficiaries granted TPS under Haiti’s designation who timely re-register and apply for EADs. For beneficiaries who do not receive a new EAD before their current EAD expires, DHS automatically extends through August 3, 2025, the validity of certain EADs previously issued under the TPS designation of Haiti.

Pending TPS and EAD Applications

DHS states that USCIS will continue to process pending applications filed under the previous TPS designation for Haiti. Accordingly, individuals who have a pending Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status or a related Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, as of July 1, 2024, do not need to refile either application. If USCIS approves the TPS application, USCIS will grant the individual TPS through February 3, 2026. If USCIS also approves the Form I-765 application, USCIS will issue an EAD valid through February 3, 2026, as well.

DHS estimates that, under the TPS redesignation of Haiti, approximately 309,000 individuals may become newly eligible for TPS.

Here is the DHS’ original announcement on the extension and redesignation of Haiti for TPS.

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