TPS for Haiti ends on July 22, 2019. In order to register your status, you must file form I-821: Application for Temporary Protected Status by March 19, 2018. You do not need to pay the filing fee for this form, however, you may still need to pay the $85 biometrics fee.

Because of the short window of time, the Department of Homeland Security has automatically extended the validity of current work cards until July 17, 2018. However, if you want a new work card with a July 2019 expiration date, you must also file Form I-765: Application for Employment Authorization and pay this form’s $410 application fee.

Created in 1990, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is an immigration benefit given to foreign nationals of a particular country due to conditions in their home country that prevent them from returning there safely (such as civil war, or natural disasters); or where the country is not able to adequately handle the return of its nationals. This status provides certain benefits, such as protection from deportation, the grant of employment authorization, and protection from being detained based on one’s immigration status. El Salvador has been designated for TPS since March 9, 2001 due to a series of devastating earthquakes that occurred that year. Beneficiaries of TPS, regardless of country, should speak to an immigration lawyer to discuss any options they might have to remain in the United States.

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If you have any questions about your status and immigration options, please call Bianca at (508) 942-7497 or send an email at bianca@bgaylaw.com