Poole Law Center

Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status Designation Extended For 6 Months


The Department of Homeland Security extended Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for six more months. Eligible first-time applicants have until July 3, 2017 to apply.  TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status. During a designated period, TPS beneficiaries are not removable from the US, can obtain employment authorization, and may be granted travel authorization. The Secretary of Homeland Security may temporarily designate a country (or part of a country) for TPS due to ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and extreme conditions. While a short list of other countries also maintain TPS status, only Yemen still has open initial registration status (also through 7/3/17). Other countries with Temporary Protected Status include El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Nepal.