Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti

On August 3, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice in the Federal Register that designated Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). All applications for this new designation should be filed as soon as possible.

This page contains information about that announcement and how it affects the current, temporary designation for Haiti that is in place because of a court order.

For more information about TPS, visit nyc.gov/TPS or the USCIS website.

This page is up to date as of 10/27/2021.

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Who is eligible for TPS for Haiti under the new designation?

If you are a national of Haiti or someone without nationality who resided in Haiti, have been in the U.S. for a certain amount of time, and meet certain public safety requirements, you may qualify for TPS.

For more information about eligible requirements, visit the USCIS website about TPS for Haiti.

New York City residents who need legal help can call the ActionNYC hotline at 800-354-0365 between 9AM – 6PM, Monday through Friday, to access a range of City-funded immigration legal help.

I applied for and received TPS for Haiti back in 2017. I still have TPS and my work permit is still valid. What does the new designation mean for me?

If you have not yet applied for TPS under the new designation, you should do so as soon as possible, even if you currently have valid TPS because of a federal court order. All applications for this new designation must be filed before February 3, 2023.

All current TPS holders should newly apply for TPS under this announcement. While the court order preventing the termination of your TPS is still in effect, it could end at any time. If it ends, and you have not yet applied for TPS, you will lose the temporary protections of TPS, including the ability to work and protection from deportation. However, if you re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the new designation and are granted TPS, you will be protected until at least Feb. 3, 2023.

When I apply, do I have to file an "initial" application or a "re-registration" application?

All applications for TPS under the new designation are "initial" applications, even if you currently have TPS because of a federal court order.

How much does it cost to apply?

The cost of a TPS application depends on 1) your age and 2) whether you need the ability to work. For most applicants, the total USCIS fee will be $545.

If you want work authorization, these are the costs:

Your Age Fee for the TPS form (I-821) Fee for biometrics (fingerprinting, etc.) Fee for work authorization (Form I-765) Total

<14

$50

$0

$0

$50

14-65 years old

$50

$85

$410

$545

66+

$50

$85

$0

$135

You can use this Fee Calculator to understand how much you may need to pay.

Fee waivers are available in certain situations. For more information, visit the USCIS website about fee waivers.

Someone says that it will cost thousands of dollars to apply. Is that true?

No, it is not true. The most you would need to pay to apply for TPS under the new designation is $545.

Beware of price gouging and fraud. The application form for TPS and work authorization are free and can be downloaded online at www.uscis.gov/forms.

For more information about fraud, visit MOIA's Avoid Fraud page.

Get free legal help

New York City residents can call the ActionNYC hotline at 800-354-0365 between 9AM – 6PM, Monday through Friday, to access a range of free City-funded immigration legal help.

Call the AskMOIA Hotline

If you have questions about immigration or how to access City services, help in your language is available. Call the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) hotline at 212-788-7654 from Monday to Friday, 9AM to 5PM, or email askmoia@cityhall.nyc.gov.

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