President Biden’s announcement to extend Temporary Protect Status for Haitian migrants means that 110,000 Haitians in the United States could gain permission to stay for at least 18 months, and others who already are in the U.S. and have TPS will have extended protections. Announced on Monday, December 5, 2022, the extended protected status for Haitian migrants in the United States as of November 6. Haitians first received TPS after a 2010 earthquake devastated the country.
Conditions in Haiti have deteriorated more in recent months. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas said in a statement,
“The conditions in Haiti, including socioeconomic challenges, political instability, and gang violence and crime — aggravated by environmental disaster — compelled the humanitarian relief we are providing today.”
Haitians who travel to the United States after November 6, 2022, will not be eligible for TPS. TPS applicants must meet all eligibility requirements, including undergoing security and background checks.
Federal immigration law recognizes that some immigrants merit legal relief when they have been victims of abuse, persecution, violence, or other dangerous situations. Temporary Protected Status grants a work permit and reprieve from deportation to certain people whose countries have experienced natural disasters, armed conflicts or exceptional situations so they can remain temporarily in the United States. Temporary Protected Status does not have a cap, and the Secretary of Homeland Security has the authority to make the designations. However, TPS does not have a pathway to permanent residency or a green card.
16 countries currently have TPS designation:
Do you have questions about your immigration status? United States immigration laws are complex and updated frequently. It is vital to have an experienced immigration attorney by your side, especially when you petition or apply for Temporary Protected Status and other humanitarian defenses and immigration benefits. An experienced immigration attorney at Godoy Law Office can review your immigration eligibility and applications or renewals. We are located in Cook and Dupage Counties, Illinois. Contact our office or call us at 630-912-0322.