Recently, the Biden administration has announced an extension of temporary protected status (TPS) for Haitian immigrants. Read on to learn more.
What is TPS?
Temporary Protected Status is granted to individuals from countries that are experiencing difficult or dangerous situations, such as civil war, health epidemic, environmental disaster, or other factors that may prevent these nationals from returning home safely. TPS allows them to live, work, and travel to and from the U.S. during the length of time in which a Temporary Protected Status has been put in place. Haiti was granted Temporary Protected Status after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the nation.
TPS Extended for Haitian Immigrants
According to CBS, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has explained that “Haiti is currently experiencing serious security concerns, social unrest, an increase in human rights abuses, crippling poverty, and lack of basic resources, which are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.” As a result, the United States is working to support Haitian nationals until they can safely return home to Haiti. According to BuzzFeed, “The Biden administration will grant more than 100,000 Haitians in the US the opportunity to gain temporary protected status, shielding them from deportation and allowing them to obtain work permits…”
It is important to note that this announcement only applies to Haitians who are currently in the U.S., and not those who travel to the country after the announcement was made.
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