USCIS Reminds Eligible Nationals of Haiti to File for Temporary Protected Status
Released Aug. 12, 2011
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds eligible nationals of Haiti (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti) to file for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
TPS was originally designated for Haiti in January 2010 in response to a catastrophic earthquake that devastated that country. The current 18-month extension of TPS for Haiti will remain in effect through Jan. 22, 2013. The following three groups are covered under the Haiti TPS extension and re-designation:
Unless TPS was denied or withdrawn before the expiration date of July 22, 2011, individuals holding a TPS-related EAD with that expiration date may still be authorized to work. These EADs have been automatically extended through Jan. 22, 2012.
These auto-extended EADs have “A12” or “C19” listed under “category” on the front of the card.
Haiti TPS beneficiaries are reminded to provide both the EAD with the July 22, 2011 date and a copy of the Federal Register notice to employers when proving proof of employment eligibility. For further guidance for Haiti TPS employers and employees, please refer to the USCIS Web page, Documentation Employers May Accept and Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries May Present as Evidence of Employment Eligibility.
Further details on TPS for Haiti—including application requirements, fees and procedures—are available at www.uscis.gov on the TPS page. For additional information, applicants may also contact USCIS at 1-800-375-5283.