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TPS for Haitian Citizens

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration benefit that the United States government grants to nationals of certain countries if conditions in the country meet the legal requirements regarding ongoing armed conflicts, natural disasters or other extraordinary and temporary conditions in the country that temporarily prevent its nationals from returning. On May 22, the government decreed temporary protection status for Haitian citizens (and people without nationality who last resided in Haiti), as long as they meet the requirements that have been established.

Haiti is currently experiencing serious security concerns, social unrest, an increase in human rights abuses, crippling poverty and a lack of basic resources, which are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Caribbean nation first obtained protected status in 2010, after the violent earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people.

It is currently estimated that around 50,000 could benefit from this status, therefore, if you are Haitian, live in the United States, and are in an irregular manner, you can benefit from this form of humanitarian aid.

WHAT BENEFITS GIVES WELCOME TO TPS? The benefits are fundamentally four:

  • Guarantee of not being deported.

  • Possibility of having a work permit.

  • Possibility of obtaining a driver's license.

  • Possibility of obtaining travel authorization.

HOW LONG DOES THIS PROTECTIVE STATUS LAST? The duration is 18 months, from May 21, 2021 to November 24, 2022, although the government can extend the term if the circumstances that gave rise to it continue.


  • Be permanently living (physical stay) in the United States as of May 21, 2021.

  • Not having committed a crime or simple crime.

  • Register, and for that the deadline has been until October 4, 2021.

  • Pass a background check and prove that they entered the United States before May 21, the date the order was issued.

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