Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has announced that he will designate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and related benefits because of ongoing political, security, and economic conditions that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible Haitian nationals and those who last resided in Haiti will be able to apply for 18 months of TPS benefits provided that they were residing in the United States as of May 21, 2021, and meet other eligibility criteria. DHS is expected to publish a Federal Register notice announcing the TPS registration period and application procedures in the near future.
Haiti and Temporary Protected Status
Haiti was originally designated for TPS in 2010, in the wake of a major earthquake. The designation was extended several times until January 2018, when the Trump Administration announced it would terminate Haiti from the TPS program in 2019. The announced termination is the subject of ongoing challenges in federal court, with temporary extensions granted by court order to affected Haitian nationals through October 4, 2021. Those granted TPS benefits under the 2010 designation are eligible to apply under the new TPS designation; DHS has also said it will continue to grant extensions of benefits under the prior designation as required by court orders.