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Haiti Designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Extention to the TPS Registration Period

DHS Notice: Extension of the Initial Registration Period for Haitians Under the Temporary Protected Status Program (PDF)

The Department of Homeland Security designated Haiti for TPS on January 21, 2010. The registration period that was to expire on July 20, 2010, will be extended for 180 days, with a new filing deadline of January 18, 2011.

Austin immigrant advocates hail protections for Haitians in U.S. illegally

On January 15, 2010, the United States designated Haiti for Temporary Protected Status.  This means that Haitians that do not currently have any valid immigration status in the United States will be allowed to apply for temporary immigration status and a work permit.

TPS will allow Haitians in the United States to live and work here legally until July 22, 2011.  This is true even for Haitians whose previously valid immigration status has expired or Haitians who entered the United States without permission.

TPS for Immigrants from Haiti

If you are from Haiti and currently living in the United States, you must meet these requirements to apply for TPS:

  • You must be a national of Haiti, or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti.
  • You must be able to prove that you were physically present in the United States on January 12, 2010.
  • You were continuously present in the United States from January 12, 2010 through January 21, 2010.
  • You must show that you meet all of the other eligibility requirements for TPS.  If you have certain criminal convictions, you may not be eligible for TPS.
  • Soon the government will announce when it will start accepting TPS Applications from Haitian nationals.  The TPS registration period will last 180 days.  You must apply for TPS before the registration period expires.
  • You must apply for TPS by filing the correct paperwork with the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  If you do not apply for TPS, you will continue to be in the United States unlawfully. 

Filing for TPS and TPS Filing Fees

To file for TPS, you must complete Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

  • The fee for Form I-821 is $50.00.
  • A separate $80.00 biometric fee is required if you are age 14 or older.
  • A $340.00 fee must accompany Form I-765 for employment authorization if you are age 14 to 65.
  • If you do not require employment authorization, Form I-765 is still required but no fee is necessary.

You may request a waiver of TPS-related application fees and/or the biometrics fee by submitting a fee waiver request and documenting your inability to pay.

Haitians and Deportation from the United States

If you are a Haitian national and are currently in removal (deportation) proceedings, you may be eligible to apply for TPS and stop your deportation case. 

If you are a Haitian national and were previously ordered deported by an Immigration Judge, you may be eligible to file a Motion to Reopen your immigration case so you can apply for TPS.  Please contact us if you would like more information. 

News and Resources

U.S. Government Web Sites - TPS for Haitian Nationals

USCIS Notice: Designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status - Jan. 21, 2010 (PDF)

USCIS - Temporary Protected Status

USCIS - Application for Temporary Protected Status

USCIS - Tips for Filing Form I-821, Application for TPS (PDF)

USCIS - Haitian Relatives

USCIS - Direktiv sou Aplikasyon Fòmilè I-821, Aplikasyon pou Estati Tanporè Pwoteje (PDF)

USCIS - TPS Designated Country: Haiti

USCIS - Statut de Protection Temporaire pour Haïti

USCIS - Haitian TPS: How to Register (link to video)

USCIS - Video: Le TPS Haïtien: Comment S'Inscrire (link to video)

USCIS - Video: Le TPS Ayiti: Kouman Ou Fè Enskripsyon (link to video)

USCIS - Questions and Answers: Requesting Waiver of Fees Temporary Protected Status Applicants

USCIS - Kesyon ak Repons: Demann pou Egzansyon Frè Moun kap Aplike pou Estati Tanporè Pwoteje

USCIS - Questions et Réponses: Demande de Dispense de Frais Candidats du Statut de Protection Temporaire

USCIS - Fact Sheet: USCIS Warns of Immigration Scams Targeting Haitian Applicants for Temporary Protected Status

USCIS - Le Service de l'Immigration et de la Naturalisation met en garde contre les escroqueries visant les Haïtiens demandeurs du Statut de Protection Temporaire (Temporary Protected Status)

USCIS - USCIS vle Avèti nou de tout Magouy ki ka Fèt lè Ayisyen ap Aplike pou Pwoteksyon Estati Tanporè

U.S. Immigration Policy on Haitian Migrants - Congressional Research Service - Jan. 15, 2010 (PDF)

USCIS Kesyon ak Repons - Estati Tanporè Pwoteje pou Ayiti - Jan. 14, 2010 (PDF)

Other Helpful TPS Resources

Advisory for Haitian Nationals Considering Applying for TPS - Immigrant Defense Project (PDF)

Haitian TPS: What You Need to Know: Creole - Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (link to video)

U.S. Government Web Sites - Other Immigration Benefits for Haitian Nationals

USCIS Responds to Haiti Earthquake

USCIS Haitian Relief Measures: Questions and Answers

USCIS - Mesures destinées à secourir Haïti Question et réponses

USCIS - Don't Be A Victim of Immigration Fraud (PDF)

USCIS - Pa vin viktim fwòd nan imigrasyon (PDF)

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Press Release - U.S. Announces Humanitarian Parole Policy for Certain Haitian Orphans - Jan. 18, 2010

USCIS Memo - Initial Relief Efforts for Aliens Affected by the January 12, 2010 Haiti Earthquake - Jan. 15, 2010 (PDF)

Immigration News - Haiti TPS

Haitian Pro Bono Efforts - American Immigration Lawyers Association

Granting Refuge: Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians in the United States - Immigration Policy Center - American Immigration Council

Haitian information center to open in Boston - Boston Herald - Feb. 10, 2010

Free Help For Haitian Nationals Seeking TPS Status In U.S. - South Florida Caribbean News - Feb. 8, 2010

Protected Status Brings Doubts For Haitians In U.S. - Morning Edition - Feb. 5, 2010 (link to audio)

Haitians In U.S. Rush To Seek Protected Status - Weekend Edition Sunday - Jan. 24, 2010 (link to audio)

Homeless Haitians Told Not to Flee U.S. - New York Times - Jan. 18, 2010

Haitians built strong roots upon arrival in Boston - Boston Globe - Jan. 17, 2010

Quake Prompts Respite for Haitians Illegally in U.S. - Weekend Edition - Jan. 16, 2010 (link to audio)

Administration to allow Haitians in U.S. illegally to stay for 18 months - Washington Post - Jan. 16, 2010

Efforts continuing to get 150 Haitian orphans into U.S. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Jan. 16, 2010

Haitians in U.S. can apply for protected status - CNN - Jan. 15, 2010

Haiti Earthqake - How to Help

How to Help: Resources - NPR

Money needed most in Haiti earthquake relief efforts - CNN