DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status for Haitians.
On May 22, 2021, The Department of Homeland Security announced that they are designating Temporary Protected Status for a period of 18 months for Haitians present in the United States as of May 21, 2021.
The designation is being made due to the extraordinary and temporary conditions in Haiti that prevent nationals from returning safely, specifically a political crisis and human rights abuses and serious security concerns. According to Secretary Myorkas, the decision to make the designation came due to “the serious security concerns, social unrest, crippling poverty, increase in human rights abuses and lack of access to basic resources such as lack of access to food, water and healthcare, which were worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic,” and prevents Haitians from returning to their country safely.
Who Will Qualify for the New TPS Designation?
The new TPS designation for Haitian will only apply to those individuals who were already in the United States as of May 21, 2021, and meet all other requirements, including criminal and security clearances. The full requirements for the new TPS designation will be outlined in an upcoming Federal Register notice. It is important to note that according to DHS, Haitians who to travel to the U.S. after May 21, 2021 will not be eligible for this new TPS designation and may be repatriated, or deported back to Haiti.
What are the Benefits of the New TPS Designation?
If you are eligible for TPS, you will not be deported during the designation period and will receive a work permit and can apply for permission to travel.
How to Apply for TPS?
If you are eligible to apply for TPS, you must place an application with USCIS within the 18 month designation period and meet all the eligibility requirements, which will be announced in an upcoming Federal Register Notice.
If you are interested in applying for the new Haiti TPS Designation, call the Law Office of Audi Flemmings, P.A., to schedule a consultation. We can be reached at 718 489 9559 or visit our website www.aflawgroup.com to learn more about TPS.