The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that, because of new dire circumstances, TPS for Haiti will be designated for 18 months effective August 3, 2021, through February 3, 2023.
The designation is a response to the “[d]eteriorating political crisis, violence, and a staggering increase in human rights abuses,” as well as a deteriorating healthcare situation, along with food insecurity and lack of access to basic services.
Eligible Haitians must have continuously resided in the United States since July 29, 2021, and been continuously physically present since August 3, 2021. The 18-month registration period will run until February 3, 2023.
Thousands of Haitians already have TPS-related documentation, including EADs, based on pending litigation. The DHS recommends all Haitians who meet the eligibility requirements apply as soon as possible for the new 18-month TPS period because the new designation provides more security. Failure to apply could result in possible gaps in status or employment authorization. Instructions on how to apply can be found in the Federal Register.
Please call your Jackson Lewis attorney or reach out to the Jackson Lewis Immigration Practice Group at TPS@Jacksonlewis.com if you need assistance in determining work authorization, how to complete the employment verification process, or strategy options.