Secretary Mayorkas redesignated Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The new TPS designation will last for 18 months. Haitans living in the United States by May 21, 2021 will become eligible to apply for TPS.
Applications may be submitted following the Federal Register’s notice which provides specific instructions and includes the steps necessary for obtaining employment authorization documentation. The Federal Register notice will also specify the registration period.
TPS applicants must file with the USCIS within the registration period appearing in the Federal Register notice. Current TPS beneficiaries must also file a new application.
TPS is available to nationals of certain countries that are experiencing either armed conflict, an environmental disaster (often a hurricane or earthquake) or other extraordinary conditions.
The Biden administration’s decision will ensure that Haitians living in the United States will be protected here until it is safe to return home. The situation in Haiti is dire. There are extreme security concerns and abject poverty is rampant. The country is still reeling from the 2010 earthquake and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made things much worse.