Washington, January 25 (EFE).- US immigration authorities announced this Wednesday that starting Thursday they will open the registration of Haitians to extend their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for another 18 months, benefiting about 200,000 of them. citizens.
“All individuals who wish to apply for TPS under the Haitian designation must submit an application,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement.
Last month, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that TPS for Haitians would be extended until August 3, 2024.
TPS is a United States government program that defers deportation and extends work permits from countries that have experienced natural disasters or serious problems of violence.
The Haiti designation extension allows 107,000 current beneficiaries to continue coverage as long as they meet program requirements.
DHS indicated that approximately 105,000 other Haitians in the U.S. could qualify for TPS under this expanded designation, recalling that only people who have been in the country permanently after Nov. 6, 2022, can claim benefits.
Current beneficiaries must re-register during the 60-day registration period that begins Thursday and runs through March 27 to ensure they keep their TPS and work permits, the statement added.
According to the Council on Foreign Relations, approximately 355,000 aliens from 16 countries are currently covered by TPS designations.
Source: El Diario