U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that
current Haitian beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS)—who
want to maintain that status through July 22, 2019 (the program’s
termination date)—must re-register between January 18, 2018, and
March 19, 2018. Re-registration guidelines can be found on the USCIS website.
All applicants are required to submit Form I-821 (Application for Temporary
Protected Status). Furthermore, applicants may also request an Employment
Authorization (EAD) by completing and submitting Form I-765 (Application
for Employment Authorization) either at the time of filing Form I-821
or at another date.
The government will issue new EADs with a July 22, 2018 expiration date
to eligible Haitian TPS beneficiaries who re-register and apply for EADs
in a timely manner. Due to the timeframes associated with processing TPS
re-registration applications, however, USCIS is automatically extending
valid EADS which show an expiration date of January 22, 2018, for 180
days through July 21, 2018.
In addition, those who have EADs with an expiration date of July 22, 2017,
and who applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration period but
have not yet received their new EADs are also covered by the extension.
These individuals may show their EAD, which indicates a July 22, 2017
expiration date, and their EAD application receipt that notes the application
was received on or after May 24, 2017, along with this statement, to employers
as proof of continued employment authorization through July 21, 2018.
On November 20, 2017, former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine
Duke decided that disaster-related conditions in Haiti no longer supported
its designation for TPS and announced the termination of the status. Furthermore,
she also delayed the effective date of the termination for 18 months from
the current expiration date of January 22, 2018, to allow time for an
orderly transition. Due to a delay of the effective date, Haiti’s
TPS designation will cease on July 22, 2019.
If you are a Haitian with TPS in Southern California,
Santa Barbara immigration lawyers at
Appel & Morse to discuss your eligibility for another immigration status or benefit.