The US Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Haiti for an additional 6 months, effective July 23, 2017 to January 22, 2018.
TPS was first granted to Haitians in 2010, following the devastating earthquake in the country. There have been threee 18-month extensions of the status since then. However, Homeland Secretary John Kelly's statement yesterday suggests that another extension (beyond January 2018), is doubtful. He said:
"I believe there are indications that Haiti – if its recovery from the 2010 earthquake continues at pace - may not warrant further TPS extension past January 2018. TPS as enacted in law is inherently temporary in nature, and beneficiaries should plan accordingly that this status may finally end after the extension announced today.”
He urged Haitian TPS holders to "..attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States."
Additional information on TPS for Haiti - including guidance on eligibility, the application process, late filing, and where to file - is available online at uscis.gov/tps. More information should be published soon, and we will update this post when available.
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Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.