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Haiti Designated for Temporary Protected Status

Haiti has been designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months. The designation of Haiti for TPS was effective on January 21, 2010, and will remain in effect through July 22, 2011. The 180 day registration period began on January 21, 2010 and will remain in effect until July 20, 2010.

Haitians need not have been in lawful status in the United States on the day of the earthquake, January 12, 2010, in order to be eligible. However, they must been been continuously residing in the United States since that date and they must have remained in continual physical presence in the United States since January 21, 2010, the effective date of the notice in the federal register regarding the TPS designation.

Those who qualify for TPS are eligible for employment authorization. However, TPS does not lead to permanent resident status. Further, persons convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors in the United States are ineligible for TPS.