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18-Month Extension for TPS Haiti

It was announced on August 25 that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti has been extended for another 18 months which will begin January 23, 2016, lasting until July 22, 2017.

The extension will allow for TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Those TPS Haiti beneficiaries who are eligible and re-register during the 60 days running from August 25, 2015 through October 26, 2015 and request a new EAD can receive one which will not expire until July 22, 2017. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is extending automatically those current TPS Haiti EADs with a January 22, 2016 expiration date for another six months.

TPS status was initially granted on January 21, 2010 after a major earthquake rocked the island nation. The Department of Homeland Security, after deliberating with other federal agencies, has determined the current situation on the ground in Haiti warrant an extended TPS status.

Those wishing to re-register will need to submit the following:

  • Form I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status (no fee is needed)
  • Biometric services fee if 14 years or older
  • Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization
  • Form I-765 application fee only if they want an EAD

If you are unable to pay, you can request a fee waiver from the USCIS by filing Form I-912 Request for Fee Waiver or submit a request in writing.

Forms can be downloaded from uscis.gov/forms or by calling USCIS at (800) 870-3676. For more information on TPS for Haiti, go to uscis.gov/tps. To check on the status of individual cases, you can go to My Case Status Online or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at (800) 375-5283.

For further assistance, call Mathur Law Offices, P.C. at (888) 867-5191.

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