DHS Opens Registration for TPS Designation for Haiti

On July 30, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security announced the registration process for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. The Federal Register notice is scheduled to be published on August 3. 

This new designation of Haiti for TPS will allow an estimated 100,000 individuals to file initial applications for TPS. To qualify for TPS under this designation, Haitian nationals must show that they have continuously lived in the United States since July 29, 2021. Those who attempt to travel to the U.S. after July 29 will not be eligible for TPS and are subject to deportation or expulsion. 

Previously, the TPS designation only applied to Haitian nationals who are living in the U.S. as of May 21. But Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas modified this date, considering recent events in Haiti, including the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse last month. 

In addition, there are currently about 55,000 TPS Haiti beneficiaries who can have their TPS-related documentation automatically extended at least through October 4. These beneficiaries need to file a new application for TPS under the newest designation in order to keep their status. 

Eligible individuals must file Form I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status) during the 18-month initial registration period between August 3, 2021, and February 3, 2023. When submitting this application, they may also request work authorization by completing Form I-765. 

If you are a Haitian national in Phoenix and you are interested in obtaining TPS designation, contact Kanu & Associates, P.C. today at (602) 353-7795 for a case evaluation. Serving Arizona for nearly two decades! 

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