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.
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.
If you are from Haiti and currently living in the United States, you must meet these requirements to apply for TPS:
To file for TPS, you must complete Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
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.
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.
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)