For Haitian Nationals: How to Apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Status
I am Haitian...am I eligible to apply for TPS?You are considered a Haitian national if you were born to a Haitian father or a Haitian mother, if you were yourself born in Haiti, and if you have never renounced your nationality. You must have documentary evidence proving that you meet this criteria.
When can I apply for TPS?The registration period began on Jan. 21, 2010 and will continue through July 20, 2010.
Where can I find the forms to apply for TPS? Where do I submit my application for TPS?TPS forms are available by calling the toll-free USCIS Forms Hotline (800) 870-3676. You may also find the forms on the USCIS Web site at http://www.uscis.gov
You must complete an application to remain in the United States (form I-821), and an application giving you the option to legally work in this country (Form I-765). BOTH FORMS ARE REQUIRED EVEN FOR RETIRED PEOPLE OR CHILDREN WHO DO NOT WISH TO WORK.
Once completed, mail the two forms to the following address:
P.O. Box 24047
Phoenix, AZ 85074-4047
What do I need to submit along with the TPS application form and work authorization form?1) Two color passport-style photographs of yourself.
2) Evidence that you are a national of Haiti or a person with no nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti.
o Examples: Haitian passport, a copy of your Haitian Identity Card, a copy of your Haitian naturalization documentation, a copy of your birth certificate, copies of your Haitian school records
3) Evidence that you have continuously resided in the United States since January 12, 2010 and have been continuously physically present in the United States since Jan. 21, 2010.
o Examples: Job letters from your current and former employers, rent receipts, payroll stubs, bank statements, school records
How much does it cost to obtain TPS?Form I-821: Cost $50; Who must pay for it? All ages
I-765: Cost $340; Who must pay it? If you are between the ages of 14-65 and want to work
Biometrics (fingerprints): Cost $80; Who must pay it? Those older than 14 years of age
What if I can't afford to pay for TPS?From the USCIS website: If you are unable to pay the fees necessary, you may apply for a fee waiver. You must declare under penalty or perjury that you cannot pay for the waivers and must also state the reasons why you are unable to pay the fees. The signed written statement and any supporting documents must be submitted along with your benefit application(s).Your fee waiver request must explain why you are unable to pay the fees and also include supporting documents. For more information, please see:
May I apply for another immigration benefit while registered for TPS?Yes. Registration for TPS does not prevent you from applying for nonimmigrant status, filing for adjustment of status based on an immigrant petition, or applying for any other immigration benefit or protection for which you may be eligible.
How does an application for TPS affect my application for asylum or other immigration benefits?An application for TPS does not affect an application for asylum or any other immigration benefit positively or negatively and vice versa.