18-Month Extension of TPS for Haiti
The U.S. Citizenship and immigration Service (USCIS) has re-designated Haiti for Temporary Protected Status, and extended the current TPS designation for another 18 months (through Jan. 22, 2013).
Haitian citizens or nationals who do not currently have TPS may still file a new application. However, the application must be filed by Nov. 15, 2011. Haitians who do have TPS may file to re-register once the re-registration procedure is published by the Federal Register.
The Department of Homeland Security initially designated Haiti for TPS on Jan. 15, 2010, after the devastating earthquakes. Initially, TPS applicants needed to show that they had continuously resided in the United States since Jan. 12, 2010. Under the current extended TPS program, even Haitians who arrived up to one year after the earthquake may apply for TPS.