On May 22, 2021, the Biden Administration announced that Haiti would be designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. This new TPS designation allows Haitian citizens and nationals (including individuals without nationality who last lived in Haiti) currently living in the United States as of Friday, May 21, 2021 to file initial applications for TPS, assuming they meet the eligibility requirements. This is great news because Haiti is undergoing political violence and an explosion in gang activity and kidnappings. Since Biden became president, advocates in the Haitian community have been fighting for TPS for Haitians a many were being deported from the United States. These people were going back to nothing or into life-threatening conditions.
Haitians in the United States who had no options before can now apply for TPS. Even persons with removal orders can still apply for TPS. Haitian Nationals who had TPS before should reapply to make sure they do not lose TPS or have any breaks in their TPS coverage. Haitian Nationals who do not have any options for legal status should also make sure to apply for TPS. Individuals with TPS are eligible for work permits, so even someone who already has a pending immigration case should apply if this is the only way they can get a work permit while they wait for their applications to be approved.
If you are a Haitian citizen living in the United States without status, we can help you apply for Haitian TPS. We speak Haitian Creole and can walk you through the process step-by-step. Give us a call today so we can make sure that you meet all the requirements.