DHS recently announced a six month extension of the temporary protected status designation (TPS) for Haitians. The extension will run from July 23, 2017 through Jan. 22, 2018. The notably short period is intended to give Haitian TPS recipients in the U.S. enough time to arrange for their departure. It is also directed as notice to the Haitian government, busily making arrangements to repatriate its nationals.
Haiti initially received the designation following the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in January 2010. DHS later extended the designation by 18 months in August 2015. Improved country conditions, closure of displaced persons camps, and stabilizing economic conditions led to the recent decision to phase out Haiti's TPS designation. Should country conditions change or fail to continue improving, the extension terms could be revisited at a later date.
TPS recipients seeking extensions are encouraged to consult with the experts at Ellis Porter.