Haitian Nationals’ Temporary Protected Status Re-registration Period Extended

haitian-status-re-registration-period-extentionEarlier in the year, Haitian nationals who had already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) were able to take advantage of an extended re-registration deadline thanks to the Department of Homeland Security.

The deadline was extended from May 2nd, to July 22nd this year, and once re-registered, the beneficiaries affected were able to maintain their TPS status for an extra 18 months.

Status Re-registration Period Extention

Haitian nationals affected were urged by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to apply as soon as they were able so they could extend their TPS period, and an estimated 51,000 were expected to apply for the 18-month extension, which meant they could remain in the United States as protected individuals.

Re-registration was first welcomed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on March 3rd, 2014, following an announcement by DHS of the 18-month extension period of the Haitian TPS designation, which would have been up on July 23rd, 2014. The extension means that Haitian nationals can now stay in the country until January 22nd, 2016.

However, TPS was not available to those that had left the country to reside elsewhere since January 12, 2011; those that were applicable had to have been continuous residents in order to have been accepted for the 18-month extension to their TPS.

Employment Authorization Documents

At the same time as the TPS extension announcement, DHS also extended the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) by six months, up to January 22nd, 2015, so successful Haitian TPS registered individuals could receive their EAD without a lapse in their employment authorization, allowing them the chance to work without any added complications.

If you are a TPS beneficiary who has already filled out Form I-821, Applicants for Temporary Status (which is now closed), and also wish to apply for your EAD, you will have to fill out Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

Those re-registering for TPS did not have to pay a fee, although individuals re-registering over the age of 14 were required to pay a biometric services fee, or request a fee waiver.

For more information, read the article featured on the USCIS website, or find out more about TPS by clicking here. You can also call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.

Have You Been Affected By the Status Re-registration Extention?

If you have been affected in any way by the Hatian status re-registration period extention, or are in need of any kind of U.S. immigration services, contact VisaPlace today to book an initial consultation – we’ll be happy to help.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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