Legal Status for Haitians in the United States – Haitian TPS

On January 15, 2010, the Obama Administration acted boldly and humanely to bring temporary protected status (also known as “TPS”) to Haitians living in the United States as of January 12, 2010. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano stated “this is a disaster of historic proportions and this designation will allow eligible Haitian nationals in the United States to continue living and working in our country for the next 18 months. Providing a temporary refuge for Haitian nationals who are currently in the United States and whose personal safety would be endangered by returning to Haiti is part of this Administration’s continuing efforts to support Haiti’s recovery.”

TPS was created through the Immigration Act of 1990 wherein Congress established that the Attorney General may provide TPS to immigrants who are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country due to an environmental disaster, war or other severe temporary conditions.

I am a Haitian National in the United States, how do I qualify for TPS?

To qualify you must:

  1. Be a Haitian National;
  2. Have been present in the US on January 12, 2010;
  3. Properly complete and file TPS registration;
  4. Meet certain immigration requirements;
  5. File before registration ends. If you fail to file by the deadline you will not be eligible for TPS.

Note: Failure to properly file for TPS during the deadlines the US government has set could mean that you lose your chance to benefit from Haitian TPS. It is important to utilize experienced TPS immigration attorneys in order to ensure that your filing is performed timely and properly.


  1. You will immediately be considered to be in valid immigration status;
  2. You will obtain a work permit;
  3. You may be able to stop your deportation;
  4. You may be able to adjust your status and obtain a greencard.

At Colombo & Hurd we, like so many others, have friends and family members that have been severely affected by the devastatingearthquake in Haiti. Below we have listed a number of charitable organizations which we would strongly recommend for contributions. Additionally, we have already begun representing Haitian nationals here in the United States to seek TPS. If you, a friend or a loved one may benefit from TPS please contact the experienced immigration attorneys at Colombo & Hurd at 1-800-659-7142 immediately so that our Haitian TPS lawyers may prepare the documentation required to obtain TPS and work authorization.

Call for Haitian TPS today: 1-800-659-7142