If you are a Haitian national who has been in the U.S. since July 29, 2021 and you do not have permanent immigration status here, you may be able to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which would allow you to live and work legally in the U.S. for as long as Haiti is designated a TPS country.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a status that allows you to live and work legally in the U.S. It is valid for 18 months at a time, allows you to apply for a work permit and a Social Security Number, and may be renewed for as long as Haiti is designated a TPS country.
The TPS registration period for Haitian nationals is open from August 3, 2021 and ends on February 3, 2023.
The current period of TPS for Haiti starts on August 3, 2021 and ends on February 3, 2023. The U.S. government could choose to extend TPS for Haiti. If it does get extended and you were approved during this current registration period, you would need to renew your registration during the next registration period.
Even if you already have Haitian TPS through October 4, 2021 because of earlier designations, you should apply now as a first-time applicant under the August 3, 2021 designation.
In order to apply for TPS, you will need to prove three things: (1) that you are Haitian, (2) that you were residing in the U.S. on July 29, 2021, and (3) that you have been residing in the U.S. continuously since then.
Proof of Haitian Nationality
Date of Entry
Residence in U.S. from on or before July 29, 2021 to the present:
No. Even if you are from Haiti, you would be ineligible for TPS if:
If you have ever been arrested, cited or convicted of an offense, you should obtain a Certificate of Disposition for each matter, and you should speak to an immigration law expert before applying for TPS.
To apply for TPS, you will need to file at least Form I-821. If you would like an employment authorization document (work permit), you will need to also file Form I-765. If you would like to request a fee waiver, you will need to file Form I-912 (or ask for a fee waiver in writing). You might also need to file Form I-601, if certain “inadmissibility grounds” apply in your case.
The forms can all be downloaded for free from the USCIS website, but there are filing fees that must be paid, unless the fees are waived.
This information is also available for download in English, French, and Haitian Creole.
For more information, please call the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Helpline from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday at (844) 955-3425.
The information in this document has been prepared by The Legal Aid Society for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. You should not act upon any information without retaining professional legal counsel.
Last Updated: 9 August 2021
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