Immigrant Advocates Applaud TPS Re-Designation and Extension for Haiti, Demand Permanent Pathway to Citizenship

New York, NY—Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced the extension and redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti, benefiting an estimated 309,000 people who may become newly eligible for TPS.

The extension for current TPS holders is for an additional 18 months, from August 4, 2024, through February 3, 2026.

The redesignation of Haiti for TPS allows Haitian nationals residing in the United States as of June 3, 2024, to apply for TPS through February 3, 2026, so long as they meet all eligibility requirements.

Current TPS Haiti holders must re-register during the 60-day period from July 1, 2024, through August 30, 2024, to maintain their status and work authorization.

Murad Awawdeh, President and CEO, New York Immigration Coalition:

“New York City has one of the largest concentrations of Haitians in the United States, as well as one of the oldest established Haitian communities in the country. Throughout the state, New York has gained new neighbors and community members from Haiti. The extension and redesignation of TPS for Haiti is a vital step to ensure that Haitian New Yorkers can maintain the safety and security they deserve, as their home country conditions remain unstable. While we applaud the Biden administration for recognizing the urgency of the situation on the ground in Haiti, we urge leadership in Congress and the White House to take necessary action and establish a permanent pathway to citizenship for Haitian Americans and so many others who live with the uncertainty of what the future will bring when they only have temporary relief.”