US extends TPS to Haitian citizens for 18 months

US extends TPS to Haitian citizens for 18 months

Without this extension, the TPS for Haitians would have expired on February 4, 2023, but the “extraordinary and temporary conditions” that exist in the Caribbean country led the Government to extend it.

WASHINGTON – The United States government announced Monday an extension of another 18 months for the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for Haitian nationals , so that the program will now expire on August 3, 2024.

Without this extension, the TPS for Haitians would have expired on February 4, 2023, but the “extraordinary and temporary conditions” that exist in the Caribbean country led the government to extend it , according to the Department of Homeland Security in a statement. .

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, also redesignated Haiti as a TPS beneficiary country, which allows Haitian citizens residing in the US as of November 6, 2022 to apply for TPS until August 3, 2024. , provided they meet all eligibility requirements.

Haitians who have entered the US after November 6, 2022 , however, are not eligible for TPS and therefore risk deportation if they entered the country illegally.

“We are providing much-needed humanitarian aid to Haitian citizens already in the United States,” Mayorkas said, adding that “conditions in Haiti, including socioeconomic challenges, political instability, and gang violence and crime, aggravated by the environmental disaster, forced the humanitarian aid that we provide today”.

Reasons given by the US government for extending and renewing TPS to Haiti are the protracted political crisis, severe insecurity and gang crime that worsened a dire economic situation, lack of access to food, water, fuel and medical care during a resurgence of cholera and the recent catastrophic earthquakes.

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