[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 85 (Friday, May 2, 2014)]
[Pages 25141-25142]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-10177]



U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

[CIS No. 2542-14; DHS Docket No. USCIS-2014-0001]
RIN 1615-ZB25

Extension of the Re-registration Period for Haiti Temporary 
Protected Status

AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of 
Homeland Security.

ACTION: Notice; Extension of re-registration period.


SUMMARY: On March 3, 2014, the Secretary of Homeland Security 
(Secretary) extended the designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected 
Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months by notice in the Federal 
Register. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established a 60-
day re-registration period from March 3, 2014 through May 2, 2014. DHS 
is extending the re-registration period through July 22, 2014 through 
this Notice, to maximize re-registration opportunities for those 
eligible to re-register.

DATES: DHS extended Haiti TPS on March 3, 2014. The re-registration 
period that was to expire on May 2, 2014, will be extended with a new 
re-registration filing deadline of July 22, 2014.

     For further information on TPS, including guidance on the 
application process and additional information on eligibility, please 
visit the USCIS TPS Web page at http://www.uscis.gov/tps. You can find 
specific information about the extension of the TPS designation for 
Haiti and the extension of the re-registration period by selecting 
``TPS Designated Country: Haiti'' from the menu on the left of the TPS 
Web page. On the Haiti TPS Web page, there is a link to the Federal 
Register notice at 79 FR 11808 (March 3, 2014) that provides detailed 
information and procedures to re-register for Haiti TPS.
     You can also contact the TPS Operations Program Manager at 
the Family and Status Branch, Service Center Operations Directorate, 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland 
Security, Mail Stop 2060, Washington, DC 20529-2060; or by phone at 
(202) 272-1533 (this is not a toll-free number). Note: The phone number 
provided here is solely for questions regarding this TPS notice. It is 
not for individual case status updates.
     Applicants seeking information about the status of their 
individual cases can check Case Status Online, available at the USCIS 
Web site at http://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS National Customer 
Service Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY for the hearing impaired is at 800-
767-1833). Service is available in English and Spanish only.
     Further information will also be available at local USCIS 
offices upon publication of this Notice.


When did the Secretary extend the TPS designation for Haiti?

    On March 3, 2014, the Secretary extended the TPS designation for 
Haiti for a period of 18 months by notice in the Federal Register. See 
79 FR 11808. The extension is effective from July 23, 2014 through 
January 22, 2016.

Why is the Secretary extending the re-registration period for Haitian 
TPS beneficiaries?

    DHS is extending the re-registration period through July 22, 2014 
in order to maximize re-registration opportunities for those eligible 
to do so. As of April 20, 2014, USCIS had received a low proportion of 
the expected number of

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re-registrants. Advocates working with the Haitian community report 
that the low number of re-registration applications may be due to 
confusion about the re-registration deadline as many beneficiaries did 
not realize that they were required to re-register by May 2, 2014 since 
their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) have a printed 
expiration date of July 22, 2014. DHS notes that in a March Federal 
Register notice, it had auto-extended these EADs for a period of six 
months. See 79 FR 11808. Providing until July 22, 2014 to file for TPS 
re-registration will help Haiti TPS beneficiaries who may not have 
clearly understood DHS' prior public notices that informed them of the 
initial re-registration deadline. Although DHS is extending the re-
registration deadline, Haiti TPS beneficiaries are strongly encouraged 
to re-register as soon as possible. This is particularly important for 
those beneficiaries who currently hold an EAD and are requesting a new 
EAD as part of their re-registration. Although DHS auto-extended 
existing Haiti TPS EADs for six months, TPS beneficiaries who desire 
new EADs should file as soon as possible to ensure they receive their 
updated EADs, with a new validity date, promptly. See 79 FR 11808.

Jeh Charles Johnson,
[FR Doc. 2014-10177 Filed 5-1-14; 8:45 am]