USCIS has announced that Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for an additional 18 months. The extension of TPS for Haiti will begin January 23, 2013, and end July 22, 2014.
Current Haitian TPS beneficiaries, who have continuously resided in the United States since January 12, 2011, and seek to extend their TPS status, must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs through November 30, 2012, if they wish to maintain their TPS. USCIS will accept applications through November 30, 2012. Individuals who have not continuously resided in the United States since January 12, 2011, will not be eligible.
The extension would also allow TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible Haitian TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register will receive a new EAD, if requested, with an expiration date of July 22, 2014.
Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is also extending the suspension of certain requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant Haitian students. The extension will enable these F-1 students to continue to obtain employment authorization, work an increased number of hours while school is in session, and reduce their course load, while maintaining their F-1 student status. USCIS has informed that the suspension of the regulatory requirements will remain in effect for an additional 18 months, through July 22, 2014.