On Monday, March 3, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Haiti for an additional 18 months, effective July 23, 2014, through January 22, 2016.  

In response, the New York Legal Assistance Group, in partnership with New York City Council Member Mathieu Eugene, will host large scale TPS Clinics, offering free immigration legal services for re-applicants. Clinics will be held regularly at the Office of Council Member Eugene and other sites across the City throughout the re-registration period.

Current Haitian beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from March 3, 2014, through May 2, 2014. USCIS is encouraging beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day period begins. In addition, the DHS has agreed to extend current Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for TPS holders until January 22, 2015, to ensure that re-applicants have adequate time to receive their new EADs.

“I applaud the Department of Homeland Security’s prompt re-designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status. This decision will allow Haitian immigrants residing here in the United States to continue working to provide for their families and loved ones without disruption. Compassion and respect for immigrants is the legacy of America. Our great country was founded on good morals and consideration for our fellow man. It is in our nature to reach out to those who are suffering and uplift them during the darkest of times. I would like to thank both President Barack Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for embracing these values and for continuing their unwavering support of Haiti,” stated Council Member Mathieu Eugene.

“We thank the administration for taking this important step to bring continued hope and security to Haitians residing in the US, and their families back home. It is obvious that these individuals should not be forced to return to their country of origin, which remains devastated by the effects of the 2010 earthquake. As the largest provider of legal services to New York’s Haitian community, we are proud of our partnership with Council Member Eugene to help people re-register for TPS safely and efficiently,” said Yisroel Schulman, NYLAG’s President and Attorney-in-Charge.

To make an appointment to renew your TPS, or if you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any other matter, please call NYLAG’s TPS Hotline at 212-946-0341.