December 6, 2022
On December 5, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security announced the extension and redesignation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months from February 4, 2023 through August 3, 2024. In the news release announcing the designation, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas stated: “The conditions in Haiti, including socioeconomic challenges, political instability, and gang violence and crime – aggravated by environmental disaster – compelled the humanitarian relief we are providing today.”
Individuals eligible for TPS under this designation must have resided in the United States as of November 6, 2022. Individuals who attempt to travel to the United States after November 6, 2022 will not be eligible for TPS under this designation.
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.