U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a relief program available to Haitian nationals, launched in response to the earthquake in Haiti earlier this year. The new registration deadline is January 18, 2011.
TPS registration permits eligible Haitian nationals to remain in the United States, and to obtain work authorization for the duration of the program.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano designated Haiti for TPS for an 18-month period beginning on January 21, 2010. The designation applies to Haitians who have continuously resided in the United States since January 12, 2010, when the earthquake occurred; Haitian nationals who first entered the United States after that date are not eligible.
Waivers of the application fees are available to those who can demonstrate an inability to pay.
For TPS information and application forms, please visit www.uscis.gov or call the toll-free USCIS Forms line at 1-800-870-3676.