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DHS to Extend the 2021 TPS Designation for Haiti for 18 Months

By March 3, 2023Immigration
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The Department of Homeland Security has announced the TPS for Haiti been extended for an additional 18 months. Haiti was originally granted TPS from August 3, 2021, until February 3, 2023. This has now been extended to August 3, 2024. TPS is granted to certain groups of people in the wake of natural disasters, wars, outbreaks of disease, and other catastrophes that would make it difficult for them to return safely to their home countries. Government officials periodically review the program to decide whether to extend it, and most groups have received regular extensions in the past. To learn more about TPS, please click here.

To be eligible to apply for TPS, the following requirements must be met:

  • Haitian nationals must demonstrate continuous residence in the US since November 6, 2022
  • Must also be physically present in the US since November 6, 2022

Note that this extension applies to the 2021 designation for Haiti. As we have previously noted in our discussion here, beneficiaries that received TPS protection from the 2011 designation continue to have their TPS protection and EAD valid until June 30, 2024. These 2011 beneficiaries can also apply for TPS under the 2021 designation as well, in order to avoid being left out of TPS protection in the event the 2011 designation ends on June 30, 2024. These 2011 beneficiaries as well as Applicants who are eligible but have not registered yet can file their Form I-821 application until August 3, 2024. Applicants may also apply for EADs and for travel authorization during this time. We had previously provided an update on the 2011 and 2021 designations for TPS with respect to the expiration dates here.

According to DHS, the designation is due to the severe political and economic crisis in Haiti that temporarily prevents nationals from returning safely, including a complex humanitarian crisis that includes widespread hunger and malnutrition, an increasing presence of non-state armed groups, and a deteriorating infrastructure.

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