UPDATE: On July 30, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the registration process for TPS designation for Haitians would open on August 3, 2021. For more details, please see the Federal Registrar notice, or consult with a knowledgable local immigration attorney.
After years of debate and legal challenges, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced in May 2021 that Haiti will again be granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. The new designation will allow Haitian nationals to apply for TPS if they meet the eligibility requirements and they resided in the United States on or before May 21, 2021.
The announcement brings relief and new legal options to many Haitians currently living in the U.S. If you or a loved one believe you may be eligible for TPS status under the new designation, a skilled Chicago immigration attorney may be able to help.
Full details on Haiti’s TPS designation will be released soon, including the date the TPS designation goes into effect and how and when to apply. However, if you intend to seek TPS status, it is highly recommended that you consult with an immigration lawyer as soon as possible to determine your eligibility and begin gathering the documentation you’ll need to apply.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), the following TPS eligibility requirements will apply to all beneficiaries, including:
TPS, as the name suggests, is temporary and does not result in any permanent change to your immigration status. However, TPS beneficiaries are eligible to receive other protections and benefits, such as:
America’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, granted the TPS designation due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Haiti that make it unsafe for Haitians to return home. DHS’s news release on the subject states that those conditions include “a political crisis and human rights abuses; serious security concerns; and the COVID-19 pandemic’s exacerbation of a dire economic situation and lack of access to food, water, and healthcare.”
Even though the full details of Haiti’s most recent TPS designation are not available yet, those who plan to apply should not wait to act. The documentation you’ll need to complete your application can be difficult to gather, and you should prepare now. A knowledgeable immigration attorney can review your case, determine your eligibility for various immigration benefits, and help you submit the most complete application possible.
Sverdloff Law Group is a trusted source of high-quality legal guidance for Chicago immigrants and their families, and we are here to help. Our founding attorney, Julia Sverdloff, is an immigrant herself and understands the immigration process from all angles. Call our office today to request a consultation, or use our online form to submit your request now.