Relief for Haitians as Temporary Protected Status Extended
On Oct. 1, 2012 Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for an additional 18 months and also the suspension of certain requirements for F-1 Non-Immigrant Haitian students.
Haiti was designated for TPS on Jan. 21, 2010, after major earthquakes devastated the country. The extension of TPS will begin Jan 23, 2013 and end July 22, 2014.
Only the Haitian individuals who have continuously resided in the United States since Jan. 12, 2011 are eligible to this extension.
The Haitian TPS beneficiaries will have to re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs through Nov 30, 2012, if they wish to maintain their TPS U.S. Citizenship.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be accepting applications until Nov.30, 2012.
In this extension period, the Haitian TPS re-registrants can also apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD), upon which they will receive a new EAD with an expiration date of July 22, 2014.
It should also be noted that the new EAD may only be given to the re-registrants after their current EADs expire.
Therefore, USCIS is extending currently valid TPS Haiti EADs bearing a Jan. 22, 2013, expiration date for an additional six months, through July 22, 2013.
On another note, the extension of suspension of certain requirements for F-1 Non-Immigrant Haitian students will enable these F-1 students to continue to –
1. obtain employment authorization,
2. work an increased number of hours while the school is in session,
3. reduce their course load, while maintaining their F-1 student status.
The suspension of the regulatory requirements will remain in effect through July 22, 2014.
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