Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano extended Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice in the Federal Register on October 1, 2012 announcing this decision. Napolitano also extended the suspension of certain requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant Haitian students.

The extension of TPS for Haiti will begin January 23, 2013 and end July 22, 2014. Secretary Napolitano first designated Haiti for TPS on January 21, 2010, after major earthquakes devastated the country.

Current Haitian TPS beneficiaries, who have continuously resided in the U.S. 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 encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible within the 60-day period. USCIS is currently accepting applications and will continue to do so through November 30, 2012.

The 18-month extension also allows 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. Because all re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current EADs expire, USCIS is extending currently valid TPS Haiti EADs bearing a January 22, 2013 expiration date for an additional six months, through July 22, 2013.

In addition, DHS is 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. The suspension of the regulatory requirements will remain in effect for an additional 18 months, through July 22, 2014. Further details about this extension may be found in the Federal Register at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-01/pdf/2012-23825.pdf.

For information on the TPS application process and eligibility requirements, visit here.