Monday, October 29, 2012

USCIS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

The Associated Press reports the U.S. government is giving Haitians displaced by the 2010 earthquake more time to legally live and work while their Caribbean homeland rebuilds. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has extended Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months. The immigration benefits had been set to expire in January but now Haitians with TPS status can register for an extension beginning January 23, 2013 through July 22, 2014.

Current Haitian TPS beneficiaries, who have continuously resided in the United States since January 12, 2011 and seek to extend their TPS status, must re-register during the 60-day registration period that runs through November 30, 2012, if they wish to maintain their TPS. USCIS started accepting applications on October 1, 2012 and will continue to accept applications until November 30, 2012. Individuals who have not continuously resided in the United States since January 12, 2011 will not be eligible. The 18 month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

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