Temporary Protected Status Extended for Haitians

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Haitians

On Aug. 25, 2015, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for Haiti for an additional 18 months. The extension is effective Jan. 23, 2015 through July 22, 2017.

If you are a current TPS Haiti beneficiary who wishes to extend your TPS status, you must re-register during the 60-day period that runs from Aug., 25, 2015 through Oct. 26, 2015. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages that all beneficiaries who are interested, re-register as soon as possible.

Under the 18-month extension, TPS re-registrants may apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day window and request a new EAD, shall receive an EAD with an expiration date of July 22, 2017.

According to the USCIS, some of the re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current EADs expire. In effect, USCIS has decided to automatically extend the current TPS Haiti EADs with a Jan. 22, 2016 expiration date for another six months. The existing EADs are valid until July 22, 2016.

On Jan. 12, 2010, a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing over 160,000 and displacing nearly 1.5 million people. Five years later, the scars of the tragedy can still be seen in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, where there are half-destroyed buildings all around town.

On Jan. 21, 2010, Haiti was designated for TPS, but the people say that they’re living in worse conditions than before. Thus, the Department of Homeland security determined that Haiti’s current conditions warranted extending the designation period for the current TPS beneficiaries.

Are you eligible for an extension?

Are you a TPS Haiti beneficiary who is interested in extending your TPS status? If so, you must apply by Oct. 26, 2015. For legal advice and guidance with your application for an extension, contact a Plano immigration lawyer from The Zendeh Del Law Firm.