Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly has officially extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for all eligible nationals of Haiti until Jan. 22, 2018. This decision was made after a long consultation with the specialized U.S. government agencies. These agencies also reviewed the country’s conditions and expectations before making an official decision. It seems Secretary Kelly has determined that a limited, six-month extension is warranted. Even though Haiti has seen a big progress especially in recovering from the January 2010 earthquake
All current beneficiaries of Haiti’s TPS designation seeking to extend their TPS should re-register until July 24, 2017. Then, they are eligible to request a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). All current EADs cannot be automatically extended without first making a new EAD request. After the approval of this request that a beneficiary’s EAD makes, they will receive a new EAD with an expiration date of Jan. 22, 2018.
During the six-month period, all beneficiaries are strongly encouraged to prepare for their return to Haiti in the event Haiti’s designation is not approved to be extended again. Since the beginning, the designation of TPS was intended to be temporary by Congress. Then, it is excepted that the Secretary will once again re-evaluate the country conditions in order to determine whether Haiti’s TPS designation should continue or not.
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