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TPS Registration for Haitians Now Open

Updated: Aug 4




TPS designation allows eligible Haitians who resided in the U.S. as of July 29 to apply for TPS. There is a 18-month registration period that runs from Aug. 3, 2021, through Feb. 3, 2023. If you qualify do not wait to submit your applications!


What is TPS?

Temporary Protected Status also known as TPS was created by Congress to provide temporary immigration status to nationals of certain countries experiencing severe hardships such as ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary or temporary conditions that make it unsafe or difficult for those nationals to be deported to those countries. TPS provides a work permit and stay of deportation to foreign nationals from those countries who are in the United States at the time the U.S. government makes the designation.


What countries are designated for TPS?

The Secretary of Homeland Security has the authority to decide when a country merits a TPS designation, below is a list of the current countries that are designated for TPS:

  1. Burma

  2. El Salvador

  3. Haiti

  4. Honduras

  5. Nepal

  6. Nicaragua

  7. Somalia

  8. South Sudan

  9. Sudan

  10. Syria

  11. Venezuela

  12. Yemen

Eligibility Criteria for TPS:

In order to qualify for TPS, an individual must:

  1. Be a national of the foreign country with the TPS designation.

  2. Be continuously physically present in the United States since the effective date of designation.

  3. Have continuously resided in the United States since a date specified by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

  4. Not be inadmissible to the United States or be barred from asylum for certain criminal or national security related reasons.

Please be aware that foreign nationals of a designated country do not automatically receive TPS. They must register during the specific registration period and pay registration and biometrics fees as well as filing fees for the Employment Authorization Application. Additionally, an individual's immigration status at the time of application for TPS does not have any effect on eligibility, nor does the previous issuance of an order of removal.


Registration Period for Haiti TPS:

The Department of Homeland Security has newly designated Haiti for TPS. This designation for TPS is stated to last from August 3, 2021 through February 3, 2023 for Haitian nationals who can demonstrate continuous residence in the United States since July 29, 2021. Applicants can file for TPS and employment authorization at any time during the designation period.


Because the 2010 TPS designation for Haiti was slated for termination in 2019 and has faced ongoing challenges in federal court, Haitian nationals who received TPS in connection with the 2010 designation are encouraged to submit new applications during the current registration period.


What You Can Do Now

The new TPS designation for Haiti means hundreds of thousands of Haitian nationals in the U.S. can obtain temporary legal status and authorization to work, reducing the worry and stress of remaining in the U.S. without status and increasing the opportunity for gainful employment.


If you or someone you know qualifies for TPS, you should file immediately. A qualified Immigration Attorney is your best resource for navigating the ins and outs of registering for TPS and employment authorization.


The Law Office of S.A. Peterkin is skilled in navigating the complex immigration system and guiding clients along their immigration journeys. Call us today at 321-325-1125 to schedule your Case Evaluation with Attorney Peterkin and find out how we can assist you on your journey. The Law Office of S.A. Peterkin is here to stand with you!

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