Extension and Redesignation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status

July 1, 2024

On June 28, 2024, the Department of Homeland Security announced the extension and redesignation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months from August 4, 2024, through February 3, 2026. In the news release announcing the designation, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas explained that an 18-month extension and redesignation of Haiti for TPS is warranted because conditions that support Haiti’s designation are ongoing and doing so is not contrary to the national interest of the United States.

Initial, first-time applicants for TPS under the redesignation of Haiti must submit Form I-821 (“Application for Temporary Protected Status”) during the initial registration period that runs from July 1, 2024, through February 3, 2026. Applicants can also request an EAD by submitting a completed Form I-765 (“Application for Employment Authorization”) with their Form I-821. Furthermore, current TPS beneficiaries who wish to extend their temporary protected status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from July 1, 2024, through August 30, 2024.

A country may be designated for TPS when the Secretary of Homeland Security determines that conditions in the country temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely. The Secretary may designate a country for TPS due to temporary conditions such as: ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. Once a country has been designated for TPS, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries or eligible for TPS are not removable from the United States and can obtain employment authorization and/or travel authorization. Individuals granted TPS also may not be detained on the basis of their immigration status.

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