USCIS has announced an extension of the re-registration period for Haitian nationals who have already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and who seek to maintain that status for an additional 18 months. The re-registration period is extended through January 29, 2013. Under this extension, USCIS will accept applications from eligible individuals who have already applied after the close of the re-registration period on November 30, 2012 and will continue to accept applications through January 29, 2013.
The initial 60-day re-registration period was established after the DHS announced in October 2012 an 18-month extension of the TPS designation of Haiti - from January 23, 2013, through July 22, 2014. DHS also automatically extended—by six months, through July 22, 2013—the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for eligible Haitian TPS beneficiaries.
Haitian TPS beneficiaries have been strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To re-register, TPS beneficiaries must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Individuals seeking to re-register do not need to pay the Form I-821 application fee. However, a biometric services fee (or a fee-waiver request) is required for all re-registrants 14 years of age and older.
All re-registrants seeking employment authorization through July 22, 2014, must submit the Form I-765 fee (or a fee-waiver request). Re-registrants who do not want employment authorization are not required to submit the I-765 fee but must still submit a completed Form I-765. USCIS has cautioned that failure to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee-waiver request will result in the rejection of the re-registration application.