U.S. Department of Homeland Security Grants Extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nationals of Haiti until January 22, 2016.
Dallas and Fort Worth, TX immigration lawyers of Chavez & Valko LLP confirm that following the natural disaster of historic proportions in Haiti the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to eligible nationals of Haiti on January 15, 2010.
The initial granting of the TPS was available to Haiti nationals who were physically present in the United States on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. The TPS does not apply to Haitians who entered the United States after January 12, 2010. Further details on this TPS grant extension for Haiti will appear in the Federal Register Notice as well as at USCIS.
For those who already have TPS status they must re-register in the 60-day re-registration period which runs from March 3, 2014 through May 2, 2014. They must prove continuous residence in the United States since January 12, 2011 and continuous physical presence since July 23, 2011. Their work permits (EADs) will be automatically extended until January 22, 2015.
Questions and Answers about TPS for Haiti
Question: What is a Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?
Answer: TPS is a temporary status granted to eligible nationals of a country designated for TPS under the U.S. immigration laws. The TPS beneficiaries are eligible to live and work in the United States so long as they continue to meet the terms and conditions of their TPS status.
Question: Can I be deported to Haiti during the TPS period?
Answer: The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has temporarily suspended deportation or removal of Haiti nationals from the United States. Generally, if you are in the removal proceedings, you may be able to apply for TPS as well as work authorization (Employment Authorization Document) and remain in the United States.
Question: Will I be able to stay in the United States permanently?
Answer: No; TPS does not lead to permanent resident status solely on the grounds of the TPS. The beneficiaries will revert to the status they held prior to the TPS designation, or any other status the beneficiaries may have obtained while in TPS.
Question: Do I qualify for TPS if I have criminal record in the United States or elsewhere?
Answer: TPS Applicants should consult experienced immigration lawyer if he or she has been convicted of certain misdemeanors or a felony. The Federal Regulations specifically prohibit approval of I-821 application if the applicant has certain criminal convictions. Therefore criminal analysis by an immigration attorney is very important.
Question: What is the cost of applying for TPS and Employment Authorization?
Answer: In addition to a legal fee, the filing fee for initial Application for Temporary Protected Status is $130 (over age of 14 with biometric fee) and $340 for Application for Employment Authorization.
Question: Will there be a re-registration period for TPS for Haiti?
Answer: Before the expiration of the initial TPS period, the appropriate U.S. governmental agencies will determine whether the serious threat to the personal safety of the country's nationals still exists if they returned there. The TPS will most likely be extended if the threat is ongoing, and the extension period will be announced with a sufficient notice to the beneficiaries.
Whether you are in Dallas or Houston, New York or Boston, Miami or Orlando, Little Rock or New Orleans, our immigration lawyers will answer your questions regarding your TPS benefit. Let experienced immigration attorneys and staff from Dallas and Fort Worth immigration law firm of Chavez & Valko handle your TPS application and your work permit in the most expeditions and worry-free way. For more information or assistance with the TPS for Haiti, please contact our law firm to schedule an in-person, telephonic or an online consultation via secured network.