Some long-awaited news has been published this week regarding Haiti TPS. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that eligible Haitians, who have resided in the United States as of July 29, 2021, can now apply for Temporary Protective Status (TPS) and Employment Authorization Documents. This had previously been announced in May of this year by Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas, but only this week has the government published details on how to apply for TPS.
Previously, TPS for Haiti was set to be terminated July 22, 2019. However, several lawsuits were filed against its termination. This resulted in court orders that allowed Haiti TPS to remain in effect at least until October 4, 2021. According to DHS, there are approximately 55,000 TPS Haiti beneficiaries whose TPS documentation was automatically extended to October 4, 2021, based on these court orders.
The good news is that these 55,000 TPS beneficiaries can now apply under the new designation and continue to retain their TPS status. Not only that, but DHS also estimates that another 100,000 Haitians may now be eligible for this new TPS designation.
The initial registration period for Haiti TPS extends from August 3, 2021, to February 3, 2023. If you are interested in applying for TPS, or learning about what immigration opportunities are open to you, our skilled legal team can help you discover what benefits meet your specific circumstances. Contact Knudson & Associates and our legal team will do our best to take care of you.