Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Haiti

 

TPS To Terminate On:

July 22, 2019

Re-registration Period for People Who Already Have TPS:

Jan. 18, 2018 – March 19, 2018

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through:

July 21, 2018

Continuous Residence Date in U.S. Since:

Jan. 12, 2011

Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:

July 23, 2011

TPS Designation Date:

Jan. 21, 2010

TPS Re-designation Date:

July 23, 2011

Federal Register Notice Citations:

83 FR 2648

 

When to File for TPS

In order for you to maintain TPS status, you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Jan. 18, 2018, through March 19, 2018. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the 60 day re-registration period.

Where to File

Send your TPS package to the appropriate address below:

If you live in:

Mail your application to:

The State of Florida

USCIS
P.O. Box 4464
Chicago, IL 60680-4464

For non-US Postal Service deliveries:
USCIS
Attn: Haiti TPS
131 South Dearborn, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

The State of New York

USCIS
P.O. Box 660167
Dallas, TX 75266-0167

For non-US Postal Service deliveries:
USCIS
Attn: Haiti TPS
2501 S. State Hwy. 121
Business, Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

All other states

USCIS
P.O. Box 24047
Phoenix, AZ 85074-4047

For non-US Postal Service deliveries:
USCIS
Attn: Haiti TPS
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

On January 18, 2018, USCIS automatically extended the validity of employment authorization documents (EADs) issued under the extension of TPS Haiti for 180 days, through July 21, 2018.  If you are a TPS beneficiary under the Haiti designation and your EAD is based on your TPS status with an original expiration date of January 22, 2018, your EAD is covered by this automatic extension and you may continue to work through July 21, 2018 using your current EAD. Additionally, individuals who have EADs with an expiration date of July 22, 2017, and who applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration period but have not yet received their new EADs are also covered by this automatic extension. These individuals may show their EAD indicating a July 22, 2017 expiration date and their EAD application receipt (Notice of Action, Form I-797C) that notes the application was received on or after May 24, 2017, along with this statement, to employers as proof of continued employment authorization through July 21, 2018. 

To prove that you are authorized to continue working legally, you may show the following documentation to your employer and government agencies:

  • Your TPS-related EAD with a January 22, 2018, or July 22, 2017, expiration date; and
  • A copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension, or this statement.

Your employer may rely on the Federal Register notice as evidence of the continuing validity of your EAD. Go to the “Documentation Employers May Accept and Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries May Present as Evidence of Employment Eligibility” page for more information.

If USCIS approves your TPS re-registration application and you applied for and paid the fee for a new EAD (or USCIS approved your fee waiver request), you will be issued a new EAD with the expiration date of July 22, 2019.

For more information on TPS eligibility requirements, what to file, and step-by-step instructions on submitting a re-registration or initial TPS application package, go to the TPS web page.

Other Immigration Options

You might be eligible for other immigration options listed on the Explore My Options page.

To apply for a lawful permanent status (Green Card), you must be eligible under one of the categories listed on the Green Card Eligibility Categories page. Once you find the category that may fit your situation, click on the link provided to get information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and whether your family members can also apply with you.

Note on Seeking Asylum: Being granted and maintaining TPS status until a reasonable period before the filing of the asylum application is considered an extraordinary circumstance for the purposes of the one year filing deadline. In other words, having TPS status “stops the clock” on the requirement to file for asylum within one year of arriving in the United States, if the one-year clock has not already expired. See 8 CFR 208.4(a)(5)(iv).

Avoid Scams

Please be aware that some unauthorized practitioners may try to take advantage of you by claiming they can file TPS forms. These same individuals may ask that you pay them to file such forms. We want to ensure that all potential TPS applicants know how to obtain legitimate, accurate legal advice and assistance. A list of accredited representatives and free or low-cost legal providers is available on the USCIS website on the finding legal advice web page.

We don’t want you to become a victim of an immigration scam. If you need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure the person helping you is authorized to give legal advice. Only an attorney or an accredited representative working for a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized organization can give you legal advice. Visit the Avoid Scams page for information and resources.

 

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