|You filed a TPS application by Jan. 18, 2011, or after Jan. 18, 2011, with fee(s) following denial of your previous fee waiver request||Your application was approved by May 19, 2011.||You must re-register during the re-registration period, starting May 23, 2011, and ending Aug. 22, 2011. If filed before May 23, 2011, your application will be rejected.|
|You filed a TPS application by Jan. 18, 2011, or after Jan. 18, 2011, with fee(s) following denial of your previous fee waiver request||Your application is still pending as of May 19, 2011.||You do not need to file a new Form I-821. Please refer to table below to determine if you need to file a new Form I-765.|
|You filed a TPS application by Jan. 18, 2011, or after Jan. 18, 2011 with fee(s) following denial of your previous fee waiver request||Your application was denied before May 19, 2011, and you believe you are eligible for TPS under the re-designation||You may file another TPS application packet (Form I-821 and Form I-765) starting May 19, 2011, and ending Nov. 15, 2011.|
|You have never filed a TPS application||You believe you may be eligible for TPS under the re-designation||You may file a TPS application packet (Form I-821 and Form I-765) starting May 19, 2011, and ending Nov. 15, 2011.|
EAD Information for TPS Applications Still Pending as of May 19, 2011
|You requested an EAD during the original registration period for Haiti TPS||You received an EAD with Category C19 or A12||You must file a new Form I-765 with fee (or fee waiver request) during the re-registration period that opens May 23, 2011, if you wish to have a new EAD valid through Jan. 22, 2013||Your Form I-821 is denied before the re-registration period opens May 23, 2011, then DO NOT file a new Form I-765. If you file a new Form I-765, it will be denied due to the denial of your Form I-821.|
|You requested an EAD during the original registration period for Haiti TPS||You did not receive an EAD with Category C19 or A12||You do not need to file a new Form I-765. If your TPS application is approved, your Form I-765 will be approved. through Jan. 22, 2013.||----|
|You did not request an EAD during the original registration period for Haiti TPS||You wish to have an EAD valid through Jan. 22, 2013||You must file a new Form I-765 with fee (or fee waiver request) during the re-registration period that opens May 23, 2011.|
Your Form I-821 is denied before the re-registration period opens on May 23, 2011, then DO NOT file a new Form I-765. If you file a new Form I-765, it willbe denied due to the denial of your Form I-821.
|You did not request an EAD during the original registration period||You do not wish to have an EAD valid through Jan. 22, 2013||You do not need to file a new Form I-765.||----|
Forms and Cost
The forms used to register and re-register for TPS are:
- Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
These forms are free and available on the forms section of the USCIS website: www.uscis.gov/forms or by calling the toll-free USCIS Forms Hotline, 1-800-870-3676.
Cost for Registering for TPS for the First Time
|Applicant Age||Form I-821 Fee||Biometrics Fee||Requesting EAD||Form I-765 Fee||Total|
|0 - 13||$50||$0||Yes||$0||$50|
|0 - 13||$50||$0||No|
(You still must file the I-765)
|14 – 65||$50||$85||Yes||$380||$515|
|14 – 65||$50||$85||No|
(You still must file the I-765)
(You still must file the I-765)
Cost for TPS Re-registrants
If you are re-registering, there is no fee required to submit Form I-821. A biometric services fee of $85 is required if you are 14 years of age or older. You must include the fee of $380 for the Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) if you wish to receive an EAD, regardless of age. If you are not seeking an EAD, you must still submit Form I-765 without fee. Please note if you are re-registering for Haiti TPS, you must not file until May 23, 2011, following publication of the Federal Register notice instructing you to file.
If you cannot afford the costs associated with filing, please make sure to include a fee waiver request. USCIS encourages you to use the Request for Fee Waiver Form (Form I-912), but you may also submit a properly documented written request without using the form. Failure to submit the required application and biometric fees, or a properly documented fee waiver request, will result in the rejection of the re-registration application. For information on fee waivers, visit the Fee Waiver Guidance Web page at www.uscis.gov.
There are many different types of documents you can submit to help demonstrate that you are a Haitian national, such as:
- A copy of your Haitian passport;
- A copy of your Haitian identification card;
- A copy of your Haitian naturalization documentation;
- Nationality documentation issued by a Haitian Embassy or Consulate in the United States,
- A copy of your birth certificate; or
- Your baptismal certificate if it indicates your Haitian nationality or a parent’s Haitian nationality.
You may also submit copies of your school or medical records if they have information supporting your claim of Haitian nationality. If you do not have the documents listed above, you may provide other documentation that proves you are a Haitian national. You may also provide affidavits from friends or family members who have close personal knowledge of the date and place of your birth and your parents' nationality. The person making the affidavit should include information about how he or she knows you or is related to you, and how he or she knows the details of the date and place of your birth and the nationality of your parents. Remember that birth in Haiti alone does not necessarily mean you are a Haitian national. At least one parent must have been a Haitian national at the time of your birth, or you must have been naturalized in Haiti. If you were born to a Haitian parent in some country other than Haiti, you may also be a Haitian national, but you must still provide sufficient evidence to support your nationality. If USCIS does not find that the documents you submit with your application sufficiently demonstrate that you are Haitian (or that you have no nationality but last resided in Haiti before coming to the United States), then USCIS will send you a request for additional evidence of your nationality (or your claim to have last lived in Haiti without nationality).
Any document that is not in English must be accompanied by a complete word-for-word English translation. The person translating the document must certify that he or she is competent both in English and the foreign language used in the document that is being translated. He or she must also certify that the translation is true and correct to the best of his or her ability, knowledge and belief.
Where to File Your Application Package
You must register for TPS by filing an Application for Temporary Protected Status, Form I-821, and an Application for Employment Authorization, Form I-765, with any appropriate fees or fee waiver requests, and supporting documentation.
|If you live in...||Regular Mail||Express Mail or Courier Deliveries|
|The state of Florida||USCIS|
P.O. Box 4464
Chicago, IL 60680-4464
Attn: Haiti TPS
131 South Dearborn, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5520
|The state of New York||USCIS|
P.O. Box 660167
Dallas, TX 75266-0167
Attn: Haiti TPS
2501 S. State Hwy. 121
Business, Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067
|All other states||USCIS|
P.O. Box 24047
Phoenix, AZ 85074-4047
Attn: Haiti TPS
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85034
These forms are free and available on the forms section of the USCIS website, www.uscis.gov/forms, or by calling the toll-free USCIS Forms Hotline, 1-800-870-3676.
Change of Address
If your address changes after you file your application, you must complete and submit Form AR-11, Change of Address, by mail or electronically. The mailing address is:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: Change of Address
1344 Pleasants Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Form AR-11 can also be filed electronically by following the directions on the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov. To facilitate processing your address change on your TPS application, you may call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833) to request that your address be updated on your application. Please note that calling the USCIS National Customer Service Center does not relieve you of your burden to properly file a Form AR-11 with USCIS.
If you are granted TPS and you need to travel abroad temporarily, you must obtain approval from USCIS before you travel if you wish to re-enter the United States with TPS status. USCIS exercises its discretion when evaluating applications for travel authorization and is not required to grant approval. To obtain travel authorization, you must file Application for Travel Document, Form I-131, with the appropriate fee. The fee cannot be waived. Please follow the filing instructions for Form I-131.
If you need to travel while your TPS application is still pending with USCIS, you may also receive approval to travel as a matter of USCIS’s discretion. However, if your TPS application is denied while you are out of the United States, you may not be able to re-enter if you have no other immigration status. Please see additional warnings below.
Travel Warning: If you have been unlawfully present in the United States and then you leave, even on an approved advance parole document, you may become inadmissible for three or 10 years, depending on how long you were unlawfully present before you left. In addition, you may become ineligible for certain other immigration benefits in the future that you may seek, such as permanent resident status. If adjudication of your TPS application has not been completed, you may also risk missing important USCIS notices, such as RFEs, and your application may be denied while you are out of the country. We encourage you to read and understand the travel warning on Form I-131 before you ask for advance parole, regardless of whether you have been granted TPS. Before requesting advance parole for travel, you may also want to seek legal advice if you have been unlawfully present in the United States for any period of time.
TPS Granted by an Immigration Judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals
If an immigration judge (IJ) or the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) granted you TPS, you must provide USCIS with proof of the TPS grant (such as a final order from the IJ or final decision from the BIA) when you file for your first TPS benefit (such as an EAD or travel authorization). You should also submit a copy of the I-821 TPS application that the IJ or the BIA approved.
If you are applying for an EAD, you must file Form I-765 with required fee(s) or fee waiver request. You must also submit a cover sheet that states "DO NOT REJECT - TPS GRANTED BY IJ/BIA." File your Form I-765 at the appropriate filing location based on your TPS country. If you previously applied for TPS with USCIS and were denied, please make sure to explain that the IJ or BIA granted you TPS based on the I-821 that USCIS previously denied, make sure to explain on your cover sheet that you were granted de novo review. (Note: A de novo review is when the immigration judge adjudicates your TPS request anew, as if your request had not previously been adjudicated.)
If you are applying for travel authorization, you must file Form I-131 with the required fee. File your Form I-131 at the appropriate filing location based on the state where you live.
After following the instructions above, we will send you a receipt notice (Form I-797). When you get the receipt notice, you must immediately send an email to the Service Center that will adjudicate your application.
- If your receipt notice starts with the letters "LIN," email the Nebraska Service Center at TPSijgrant.email@example.com.
- If your receipt notice starts with the letters "WAC," email the California Service Center at TPSijgrant.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your email must include:
- Your name;
- Your date of birth;
- Your A-number; and
- The date the IJ or BIA finally granted you TPS. (Note: To be final, your IJ order granting TPS must not be subject to further appeal, or your BIA decision granting TPS must not be subject to further review.)
Only individuals who were granted TPS by an IJ or the BIA who are requesting an EAD or travel authorization will receive responses from the above email addresses. These email addresses are not for individual case status inquires.
Appealing a Denial
If USCIS denies your application, you will be informed in the denial notice whether you have 30 days to appeal to the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) pursuant to the TPS regulations in 8 C.F.R. Part 244. In some cases, such as when TPS is denied on certain mandatory criminal or security grounds, you may not have AAO appeal rights, although you can request an immigration judge to review your TPS request if you are in removal proceedings (see below). See 8 C.F.R. §§ 244.10; 244.18. You may also choose to file a Motion to Reconsider with the Service Center that adjudicated your TPS application.
You may file your motion or appeal to the AAO by submitting a Notice of Appeal or Motion, Form I-290B. The fee for filing a Form I-290B is $630, however you may request a fee waiver if you are unable to pay. If your TPS application is denied by the USCIS Service Center, we recommend that you consult with an accredited legal representative to determine whether you should pursue an appeal or motion. If you have been placed in removal proceedings, you may request that the immigration judge adjudicate your TPS application, and it will receive de novo review by the judge. If an immigration judge denies your request for TPS, you may file an appeal with the BIA.
Need Help Filing a TPS Application?
Please be aware that some unauthorized practitioners may try to take advantage of you by claiming they can file TPS forms. These same individuals may ask that you pay them to file such forms. We want to ensure that all potential TPS applicants know how to obtain legitimate, accurate legal advice and assistance. A list of accredited representatives and free or low-cost legal providers is available on the USCIS website on the finding legal advice Web page.
USCIS strongly encourages TPS-eligible Haitian nationals to review the Federal Register notices published today on how to file an initial application for TPS, and later on May 23, 2011, on how to re-register for TPS. .
To learn more about TPS, please go to USCIS’s TPS Web page at www.uscis.gov. For further questions, please contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 or 1-800-767-1833 (TTY).