Temporary Protected Status or “TPS” is a humanitarian designation which allows non-citizens to legally remain in the United States based on emergent conditions in the person’s home country.  After the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2011, citizens of Haiti who have resided continuously in the United States since January 12, 2011 have been permitted to remain in the United States in TPS status so long as they timely register and complete the necessary processing.  It is estimated that there are approximately 55,000 Haitians who currently have TPS status.

By re-registering for the new TPS extension, Haitians will be able to remain in the United States for another 18 months, or January 22, 2016.

Haitians who arrived in the United States after January 12, 2011, or have been convicted of certain crimes, are not eligible for TPS status.

To read the official announcement, please click:  Haitian TPS extension 5.02.2014