The Biden administration on Monday announced extended immigration protections for Haitians in the United States, including deferred deportation and the ability to work in the country for an extra 18 months.
In a statement, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said the administration will extend and redesignate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals residing in the United States as of Nov. 6, 2022, after it expires on Feb. 4.
The extension will be granted for 18 months for Haitians that meet all eligibility requirements until Aug. 3, 2024, owing to “extraordinary and temporary conditions in Haiti.”
The decision means that Haitians in the United States who already had TPS protections will now be able to live and work in the country for an extended period through Aug. 3, 2024. This decision opens up eligibility for people who have entered the country after it was too late to apply. TPS does not provide those eligible with a path to permanent residency.
TPS was established in 1990 by Congress and provides temporary protections to immigrants from certain countries if they feel unsafe returning to their home countries .