Temporary Protected Status Haiti
The devastating earthquakes in Haiti have made it both dangerous and virtually impossible for most Haitian nationals living in the U.S. to return to their country in the near future. To help protect those who might otherwise be repatriated to a nation struggling to recover, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010.
TPS provides temporary immigration status for a specific amount of time to people of a particular nation impacted by extreme events such as wars, earthquakes or hurricanes.
For Haiti, the TPS registration period is open January 21, 2010 until July 20, 2010. You can find information and instructions on how to apply on the USCIS website. To qualify, you must:
- Be a national of Haiti, or a person without nationality who last resided in Haiti
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. since January 12, 2010
- Have been continuously present in the U.S. since January 21, 2010 (the date of the Federal Register Notice)
- Meet certain immigrant admissibility requirements, and other TPS eligibility requirements as required by law
- Satisfactorily complete all TPS application procedures as described in the Federal Register notice announcing Haitian TPS
- Have not been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors in the United States
- Not be subject to other criminal and security-related bars to asylum
Please remember that all TPS applicants must file Form I-765. If you do not want employment authorization, you will not have to pay a filing fee for Form I-765.
Be aware that individuals posing as legal professionals may attempt to take advantage of you by charging an additional fee for filing your applications forms. You can view a list of accredited representatives here.
Needless to say, we all share the concerns and sympathies of Director Mayorkas in this time of great need and will do our part to assist Haiti in its recovery effort.