DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

On Friday, May 22, DHS announced a new 18-month designation of Haiti for TPS.

What is the Impact?

  • Haitian nationals and individuals without nationality who last resided in Haiti and currently residing in the United States as of May 21, 2021, may file initial applications for TPS.
  • Haiti’s 18-month designation will go into effect on the publication date of the Federal Register, which is expected to shortly.
  • Existing TPS beneficiaries retain their TPS and TPS-related documents through October 4, 2021. 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.
  • Applicants may also be eligible to apply for TPS-related Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and for travel authorization.


Following the devastating earthquake in January 2010, former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano initially designated Haiti for TPS. In 2011, Haiti’s designation was extended, and the country was also redesignated for TPS at the same time. Haiti’s designation was subsequently extended again for 18 months in 2013 and 2015, and for an additional six months in 2017.

In January 2018, a Federal Register notice announced the termination of Haiti’s TPS designation effective July 22, 2019. The termination was challenged by four separate lawsuits, and due to the court injunctions and other rulings, TPS for Haiti remains in effect through October 4, 2021.

Currently, the following countries are designated for TPS: Burma (Myanmar), El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia,  South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen.


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