DHS has posted the Federal Register notice describing how beneficiaries under Haiti’s existing TPS designation can re-register to retain TPS and renew their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). In December, Secretary Mayorkas announced the 18-month extension and redesignation of Haiti for TPS, from February 4, 2023, through August 3, 2024.
- The extension of TPS for Haiti allows approximately 107,000 current beneficiaries to retain TPS through August 3, 2024, if they continue to meet TPS eligibility requirements.
- For the redesignation of TPS for Haiti, individuals who have been continuously residing in the United States since November 6, 2022, are eligible. It is estimated that approximately 105,000 additional individuals in the United States may be eligible for TPS under the redesignation of Haiti.
Next Steps for Redesignation & Extension
- The registration process began on January 26, 2023.
- All individuals who want to request TPS under the designation of Haiti must file an application.
- Existing TPS beneficiaries who wish to extend their status to August 3, 2024, must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period from January 26, 2023, through March 27, 2023, to ensure they keep their TPS and employment authorization without a gap.
- DHS recognizes that not all re-registrants may receive new Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) before their current EADs expire on February 3, 2023, and is automatically extending through February 3, 2024, the validity of EADs previously issued under the TPS designation of Haiti.
- New applicants for TPS under the redesignation of Haiti must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, during the initial registration period from January 26, 2023, through August 3, 2024. Haiti TPS applicants may file Form I-821 and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will continue processing pending applications filed under Haiti’s initial TPS designation. Individuals with a pending Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, or a related Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, do not need to file either application again.
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