DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OFFERS TEMPORARY LEGAL STATUS TO HAITIAN IMMIGRANTS
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will enable Haitian nationals residing in the United States as of May 21, 2021 to file initial applications for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), if they meet certain eligibility requirements.
The TPS allows the U.S. government to grant provisional humanitarian protection to immigrants whose home countries are unable to guarantee the safe return of their citizens. Dire conditions in Haiti including social unrest, human rights abuses and the COVID-19 pandemic’s exacerbation of the country’s crippling economic situation prompted the action.
The TPS designation applies to undocumented Haitian immigrants who are currently living in the U.S. and will be effective for 18 months.
Individuals eligible for TPS, including current beneficiaries under Haiti’s TPS designation, must file an application for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Individuals filing for TPS may also request an Employment Authorization Document and travel authorization. All individuals applying for TPS undergo security and background checks as part of determining eligibility.
Not all Haitians will be eligible for this program. Please discuss your eligibility with a licensed immigration attorney and beware of scams.
For more information on the TPS application process, please contact Woods Fuller attorney Amanda Bahena at 712-722-5300.