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05 March 2010

TPS Haiti: The Top Five Filing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Since announcing the designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), USCIS has received thousands of applications. In reviewing these applications, we've noticed the following problems:

  1. Not including the appropriate filing fee. Include the appropriate fee with your application. USCIS has created a chart to help customers know what fees they are required to pay when they file for TPS. It is located on the "Temporary Protected Status - Haiti" page under the "Humanitarian" section of If you cannot afford to pay the filling fee, you may request a fee waiver. Information on fee waivers can be found on the "Fee Waiver Guidance" page. 
  2. Not completing every question on the form. Complete every question on the form. If you skip or do not answer questions on the form, processing may be delayed, or your application may be rejected or denied.
  3. Not including your A-number (if you have one). If you have an alien number (A number), it is very important that you include that number on your application. 
  4. Not signing the application. Please sign your application. If your application is not signed, we will reject your application and return it. 
  5. Using an incorrect form to apply for TPS. Use only forms I-821 and I-765 to apply for TPS. Other forms cannot be used to apply for TPS. If you submit different forms, your case will be rejected or denied. You may obtain these forms for free here. You may also call our forms center at 1-800-870-3676 and have the forms sent to you.
The problems listed above may cause a delay in the processing of your application or may result in your application being rejected and returned to you or denied. Please avoid these problems and follow the tips provided to ensure proper processing of your application.

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At March 5, 2010 at 2:35:00 PM EST , Anonymous Steven Roby said...

What about TPS for Chile?

At March 10, 2010 at 7:19:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's going on with Chile

At March 11, 2010 at 8:29:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the Beacon.
I thought the new lockbox facilities in Phoenix and Dallas were created to ensure efficient and effective processing of applications sent after 25th February.Apparently, applications posted to the lockbox have not been attended to in 10 days which is longer than when they were handled by the Service Centres. Won't USCIS try to show that the new method works?

At March 12, 2010 at 9:32:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay for the Beacon, and the nice work the Agency is doing to support the Haiti relief effort. Good Job!

At March 13, 2010 at 3:43:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: Haitian approved I-130's
Should Advanced Parole (NSC?) be used to bring spouses and/or children of LPR's, who have approved I-130's, to the States? Or should Humanitarian Parole be used instead (despite the HP policy of not helping persons "jump" the line)? What about other approved family-based immigrants who are living in deplorable circumstances in Haiti but whose visas are not yet current?

At March 15, 2010 at 12:21:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do we find out if our applications are in Vermont Service Centre or it they have been forwarded to the lockbox? Our applications were prepared before the USCIS announcement and posted the day of the announcement. Now we are really concerned about what happened to our applications. Especially since we have not received any response or receipt from the USCIS. Any suggextions? That's huge applications, original documents, and fees. Really worried about the documents and delay. Thank you.

At March 15, 2010 at 4:10:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the i-765, question 16, I read the i-765 instructions as "a(12)" for the first tps application and "c(19)" for tps renewals. I recently heard a USCIS official say to use "c(19)" for the initial tps application, which seems contrary to the instructions. Which is correct?

At March 18, 2010 at 3:16:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chile does not appear in the list of countries currently designated for TPS. It seems that there is no TPS for Chile.

At March 21, 2010 at 10:44:00 PM EDT , Blogger Manes said...

I would like to know if someone from Haiti file for TPS. The person has a tourist visa but his house collapse in Haiti during the quick. This person filed for TPS and Want to use the visa to visit haiti while this process is taking place. Can this person go to Haiti and come back with Visa without being cancelled?

At March 22, 2010 at 4:21:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if the I-130 frms are still approved if the family member is being detained in deportation hearings?

At March 24, 2010 at 12:15:00 PM EDT , Blogger caleuche said...

As usual life goes on, with the same quote of unfairness, till now no TPS for Chilean immigrant. It's true that Chile is different than Haiti and can, without any doubt,raise on his feet more quickly, but fact remain there are a lot of Chilean immigrant that don't know nothing about his families due the earthquake and tsunami and those they know about them, cry for get a break and go to help rebuild their homes.
Alex Sobarzo

At March 27, 2010 at 6:34:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is there special treatment for Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras, and other countries granted TPS? Why won't the U.S. grant TPS for Chile?

Over 2 million people have lost their homes, over 700 have died, and 500,000 homes are destroyed.

Chile's 8.8 magnitude earthquake was 800 times more powerful and destructive than the earthquake that hit Haiti. We support TPS for Haiti. Why not extend the same humanitarian aid to Chile?

Where is the TPS for Chile?

At April 6, 2010 at 11:16:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do i check my status for N-600 application

At April 6, 2010 at 2:42:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is it being done about Montgomery County growing number of paid marriages?? Just in the past 7 months 2 illegal immigrants paid for a marriage and got their green cards already and 1 was illegal left the country and had no problem coming back after 2 years... It is sad that some of us have to go through a very hard road and a long wait to get legally our green card.

At April 9, 2014 at 1:16:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi! can anyone guide me please my uncle applied our immigration under I-130 and it is approved on 5th of march after the post decision activity. now can you please tell me how long it will take for interview call ? pleases help me out its very urgent because i have to go back my home country as i am living in other country.


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