TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS
Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, we joined forces with another local attorney and provided training to University of Miami Law students on how to determine eligibility, complete and file Applications for Temporary Protected Status on behalf of Haitians living in the U.S. TPS allows eligible Haitian nationals in the US to continue living and working here for an eighteen month period, with the possibility of renewal. See the complete article about the award winning program at:
- Eligible Haitians must have been physically present inside the US prior to 01/12/2010.
- Must file for TPS during the open registration or re-registration period. The current registration period expires on January 18, 2011.
- Has not been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors in the United States;
- Is not a persecutor, or otherwise subject to one of the bars to asylum;
- Not subject to one of the criminal or security related grounds of inadmissibility for which a waiver is not available.
- Must submit both forms via mail (no electronic filing permitted!)
- Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status; You can find this form here: http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Forms/Forms%20Static%20Files/i-821.pdf
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization Document (EAD). You can find this form here: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-765.pdf
- BOTH forms must be completed and filed for ALL applicants – including children.
- Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status: Normal Filing fee is $50.00. OR Submit a Fee Waiver Request.
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization Document (EAD):
- Filing fee is $340.00 if over age 14 and under age 65. Filing fee is automatically waived if under age 14 or over age 65. OR Submit a Fee Waiver Request.
- Biometrics (Fingerprinting): Filing fee is $80.00 if over age 14. OR Submit a Fee Waiver Request.
- Evidence of Haitian Nationality such as a current OR expired Haitian passport OR Haitian Birth Certificate OR other evidence proving Haitian nationality;
- Two U.S. Passport Style Photos;
- Evidence of physical presence INSIDE the US on or before 01/12/2010 such as an I-94 card, visa, electricity bill, bank statement, etc.
Mail Form I-821 (TPS) Form I-765 (EAD) and Required Documents TOGETHER to:
For Haitians living in Florida
Attn: Haiti TPS
131 South Dearborn, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5520
For Haitians living in New York:
Attn: Haiti TPS
2501 S. State Hwy. 121
Business, Suite 400
For Haitians living in all other states:
Attn: Haitian TPS
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85034
We prepared all Haitian TPS Applications pro bono.