• Temporary Protected Status Extended for Haitians and Implications for I-9 Compliance
  • March 18, 2014 | Authors: Mary Ellen Jordan; Laurie M. Riley
  • Law Firms: Jones Walker LLP - New Orleans Office ; Jones Walker LLP - Miami Office
  • First, here's a primer on Temporary Protected Status ("TPS"), a humanitarian designation. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") grants TPS to certain countries where conditions temporarily prevent its nationals who have left and come to the United States from returning safely to their home country. Haiti is one such country. Recently, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced an extension of TPS for eligible Haitian nationals, which was set to expire on July 22, 2014. The extension allows eligible individuals to remain in the U.S. and work for an additional 18 months, or from July 23, 2014, until January 22, 2016. TPS beneficiaries who wish to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document ("EAD") must re-register and apply during a 60-day window between March 3 and May 2, 2014, by filing Form I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status) and I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization). Failure to reregister timely can result in withdrawal of TPS benefits.