Biden DHS Extends Immigration Protections for Haitians

Haitian immigrants living in the United States will have an extended deadline to apply for work permits and protection from deportation, according to new guidelines released Monday by the Biden administration.

The Department of Homeland Security wrote in a news release that Haitians residing in the U.S. as of Nov. 6 will get an 18-month extension to apply for Temporary Protected Status through Aug. 3, 2024, so long as they meet all eligibility requirements. Those who came to the U.S. after Nov. 6 will not be eligible and could be subject to deportation.

Haiti had been given TPS status in May 2021, with a deadline of Feb. 4, 2023, to apply. The Los Angeles Times reported the extension makes about 110,000 Haitians living in the U.S. newly eligible to apply for TPS.

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