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Temporary Protected Status Re-Registration Period Extended

The US Department of Homeland Security has extended the Temporary Protected Status re-registration period to July 22, 2014. While TPS re-registration was originally set to end May 2, 2014, DHS encourages beneficiaries to reapply as soon as possible.

US extends Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

Jamaica Observer
May 3, 2014

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WASHINGTON (CMC) – The United States is extending the re-registration deadline for Haitian nationals who have already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and seek to maintain that status for an additional 18 months.

The Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the deadline to July 22, this year and that it “strongly encourages Haitian TPS beneficiaries to apply as soon as possible”.

USCIS said about 51,000 TPS Haiti beneficiaries are expected to file for re-registration.

It said TPS is not available to Haitian nationals who have not continuously resided in the United States since January 12, 2011.

USCIS said individuals seeking to re-register do not need to pay the Form I-821 application fee.

However, all re-registrants 14 years of age and older must pay a biometric services fee or submit a fee waiver request, USCIS said.

It said all re-registrants seeking employment authorisation through January 22, 2016, must also submit the Form I-765 fee (or a fee-waiver request).

“Failure to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee-waiver request will result in the rejection of the re-registration application,” it warned.

The US Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.

The US first granted TPS to undocumented Haitians living in the United States shortly after the January 12, 2010 massive earthquake in Haiti.

 

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