UNITED STATES/HAITI (May 25, 2017) – TPS extended for Haiti, with caveat
Nationals should extend TPS status soon to avoid lapses in their status and employment authorization
The Department of Homeland Security extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Haiti for an additional six months this week, but also hinted that the designation could be discontinued upon the next review.
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Background: Haiti was designated for temporary protected status Jan. 21, 2010 following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Upon review, the secretary of Homeland Security determined that the country has made progress but still suffers the aftereffects of the earthquake as well as damage from Hurricane Matthew in October.
In the notice, the agency said that “during this six-month extension, beneficiaries are encouraged to prepare for their return to Haiti in the event Haiti's designation is not extended again, including requesting updated travel documents from the Government of Haiti.”
BAL Analysis: Employers should be aware of the extension of employment authorization for eligible TPS holders. Individuals intending to extend their TPS status should do so as soon as possible to avoid lapses in their status and employment authorization.
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