[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 99 (Wednesday, May 24, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 23830-23837]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-10749]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

[CIS No. 2596-16; DHS Docket No. USCIS-2014-0001]
RIN 1615-ZB63


Extension of the Designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected 
Status

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is 
extending the designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) 
for 6 months, from July 23, 2017, through January 22, 2018. The 
Secretary has determined that a limited, 6-month extension is warranted 
because, although Haiti has made significant progress in recovering 
from the January 2010 earthquake that prompted its initial designation, 
conditions in Haiti supporting its designation for TPS continue to be 
met at this time. The Secretary is committed to making TPS 
determinations that fully comply with the Immigration and Nationality 
Act and the intent of the program to provide a temporary form of 
immigration relief and protection to eligible individuals who cannot 
return to their home country due to ongoing armed conflict, 
environmental disasters, or other extraordinary and temporary 
conditions. This Notice also sets forth procedures necessary for 
nationals of Haiti (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually 
resided in Haiti) to re-register for TPS and to apply for renewal of 
their Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) with U.S. Citizenship 
and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS will issue EADs with a January 
22, 2018 expiration date to eligible Haiti TPS beneficiaries who timely 
re-register and apply for EADs under this extension. Provided a Haiti 
TPS beneficiary timely re-registers and properly files an application 
for an EAD during the 60-day re-registration period, his or her 
employment authorization will be automatically extended for an 
additional period not to exceed 180 days from the date the current EAD 
expires, i.e., January 18, 2018. See 8 CFR 274a.13(d)(1). TPS 
beneficiaries are reminded that, prior to January 22, 2018, the 
Secretary will re-evaluate the designation for Haiti and decide anew 
whether extension, redesignation, or termination is warranted. During 
this period, beneficiaries are encouraged to prepare for their return 
to Haiti in the event Haiti's designation is not extended again, 
including requesting updated travel documents from the Government of 
Haiti.

DATES: Extension of Designation of Haiti for TPS: The 6-month extension 
of the TPS designation of Haiti is effective July 23, 2017, and will 
remain in effect through January 22, 2018. The 60-day re-registration 
period runs from May 24, 2017 through July 24, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
     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 Haiti's TPS extension by selecting ``Haiti'' 
from the menu on the left side of the TPS Web page.
     You can also contact Guillermo Roman-Riefkohl, TPS 
Operations Program Manager, at the Waivers and Temporary Services 
Branch, Service Center Operations Directorate, U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW., 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 
inquiries.

     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 800-767-1833). Service is available 
in English and Spanish.
     Further information will also be available at local USCIS 
offices upon publication of this Notice.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Table of Abbreviations

BIA--Board of Immigration Appeals
DHS--Department of Homeland Security
DOS--Department of State
EAD--Employment Authorization Document
FNC--Final Nonconfirmation
IJ--Immigration Judge
INA--Immigration and Nationality Act
IER--U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and 
Employee Rights Section
SAVE--USCIS Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program
Secretary--Secretary of Homeland Security
TNC--Tentative Nonconfirmation
TPS--Temporary Protected Status
TTY--Text Telephone
USCIS--U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    The extension allows TPS beneficiaries to maintain TPS through 
January 22, 2018, so long as they continue to meet the eligibility 
requirements for TPS. The Secretary has determined that an extension is 
warranted because the conditions in Haiti that prompted the TPS 
designation, while significantly improved, continue to be met. There 
continue to be extraordinary and temporary conditions in Haiti that 
prevent Haitian nationals (or aliens having no nationality who last 
habitually resided in Haiti) from returning to Haiti in safety. The 
Secretary also has determined that permitting such Haitian nationals to 
continue to remain in the United States, at this time, is not contrary 
to the national interest of the United States.
    TPS beneficiaries are reminded that, prior to the conclusion of 
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extension period, the Secretary will re-evaluate Haiti's TPS 
designation and decide anew whether extension, redesignation, or 
termination is warranted. Because the designation of TPS was intended 
by Congress to be temporary in nature, and because the Government of 
Haiti has expressed a desire for its nationals to return to Haiti, the 
Secretary will fully re-evaluate the country conditions and any other 
factors he deems necessary to determine whether Haiti's TPS designation 
should continue. Among those factors, the Secretary will consider 
whether permitting Haitian nationals to remain in the United States is 
contrary to the national interest of the United States.
    Thus, during this limited six-month period, beneficiaries are 
encouraged to prepare for their return to Haiti, including requesting 
updated travel documents from the Government of Haiti. The Secretary is 
committed to working with the Government of Haiti to ensure an orderly 
transition should Haiti's TPS designation be terminated at the 
conclusion of this limited six-month extension.
    Re-registration is limited to persons who have previously 
registered for TPS under the designation of Haiti and whose 
applications have been granted. Certain nationals of Haiti (or aliens 
having no nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti) who have 
not previously applied for TPS may be eligible to apply under the late 
initial registration provisions if they meet (1) at least one of the 
late initial filing criteria in 8 CFR 244.2(f)(2), which are also 
described on the TPS Web page at https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status, and (2) all TPS eligibility criteria 
(including continuous residence in the United States since January 12, 
2011, and continuous physical presence in the United States since July 
23, 2011).
    For individuals who have already been granted TPS under Haiti's 
designation, the 60-day re-registration period runs from May 24, 2017 
through July 24, 2017. USCIS will issue EADs with a January 22, 2018 
expiration date to eligible Haiti TPS beneficiaries who timely re-
register and apply for EADs under this extension. Given the timeframes 
involved with processing TPS re-registration applications, DHS 
recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive new EADs before 
their current EADs expire on July 22, 2017. But provided a Haiti TPS 
beneficiary timely re-registers and properly files an application for 
an EAD during the 60-day re-registration period, his or her employment 
authorization will be automatically extended for an additional period 
not to exceed 180 days from the date the current EAD expires, i.e., 
January 18, 2018. This notice explains how TPS beneficiaries and their 
employers may determine whether a beneficiary's employment 
authorization has been automatically extended and the impact on the 
Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) and E-Verify processes. 
There are approximately 46,000 current Haiti TPS beneficiaries who are 
expected to file for re-registration under the extension.

What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?

     TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible 
nationals of a country designated for TPS under the Immigration and 
Nationality Act (INA), or to eligible persons without nationality who 
last habitually resided in the designated country.
     During the TPS designation period, TPS beneficiaries are 
eligible to remain in the United States, may not be removed, and are 
authorized to work and obtain EADs so long as they continue to meet the 
requirements of TPS.
     TPS beneficiaries may also be granted travel authorization 
as a matter of discretion.
     The granting of TPS does not result in or lead to lawful 
permanent resident status.
     When the Secretary terminates a country's TPS designation, 
beneficiaries return to the same immigration status they maintained 
before TPS, if any (unless that status has since expired or been 
terminated), or to any other lawfully obtained immigration status they 
received while registered for TPS.

When was Haiti designated for TPS?

    On January 21, 2010, the Secretary designated Haiti for TPS based 
on extraordinary and temporary conditions within the country, 
specifically the effects of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that occurred 
on January 12, 2010. See Designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected 
Status, 75 FR 3476 (Jan. 21, 2010). In 2011, the Secretary both 
extended Haiti's designation and redesignated Haiti for TPS for 18 
months through January 22, 2013. See Extension and Redesignation of 
Haiti for Temporary Protected Status, 76 FR 29000 (May 19, 2011). This 
announcement is the fourth extension of TPS for Haiti since the 2011 
redesignation. The Secretary last extended Haiti's designation on 
August 25, 2015. See Extension of the Designation of Haiti for 
Temporary Protected Status, 80 FR 51582 (Aug. 25, 2015).

What authority does the Secretary of Homeland Security have to extend 
the designation of Haiti for TPS?

    Section 244(b)(1) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1), authorizes the 
Secretary, after consultation with appropriate agencies of the U.S. 
Government, to designate a foreign state (or part thereof) for TPS if 
the Secretary finds that certain country conditions exist.\1\ The 
Secretary may then grant TPS to eligible nationals of that foreign 
state (or eligible aliens having no nationality who last habitually 
resided in the designated country). See INA section 244(a)(1)(A), 8 
U.S.C. 1254a(a)(1)(A).
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    \1\ As of March 1, 2003, in accordance with section 1517 of 
title XV of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, 
116 Stat. 2135, any reference to the Attorney General in a provision 
of the INA describing functions transferred from the Department of 
Justice to DHS ``shall be deemed to refer to the Secretary'' of 
Homeland Security. See 6 U.S.C. 557 (codifying the Homeland Security 
Act of 2002, title XV, section 1517).
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    At least 60 days before the expiration of a country's TPS 
designation or extension, the Secretary, after consultation with 
appropriate U.S. Government agencies, must review the conditions in a 
foreign state designated for TPS to determine whether the conditions 
for the TPS designation continue to be met. See INA section 
244(b)(3)(A), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A). If following this review the 
Secretary determines that a foreign state continues to meet the 
conditions for TPS designation (or makes no determination at all), the 
designation must be extended for an additional period of 6 months or, 
in the Secretary's discretion, for an additional 12 or 18 months. See 
INA section 244(b)(3)(A), (C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A), (C). If the 
Secretary determines that the foreign state no longer meets the 
conditions for TPS designation, the Secretary must terminate the 
designation. See INA section 244(b)(3)(B), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(B).

Why is the Secretary extending the TPS designation for Haiti through 
January 22, 2018?

    Since the last extension was announced, DHS has reviewed conditions 
in Haiti. Based on this review and after consulting with DOS, the 
Secretary has determined that a limited, 6-month extension is warranted 
because, although Haiti has made significant progress in recovering 
from the January 2010 earthquake that prompted its initial designation, 
conditions in Haiti supporting its designation for TPS persist.

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    Although lingering effects of the 2010 earthquake remain, Haiti has 
made significant progress in addressing issues specific to the 
earthquake, as its economy continues to recover and grow. For example, 
96% of people displaced by the earthquake and living in internally 
displaced person (IDP) camps have left those camps. Over 98% of the IDP 
camps have closed. However, over 55,000 Haitians who lost their homes 
in the earthquake are still living in 31 camps for internally displaced 
persons without viable options to leave. Gender-based violence in these 
camps continues to be a serious concern, and personal security is a 
serious and pervasive issue. Some people who were displaced by the 
earthquake, although no longer in camps, have moved back to unsafe 
homes or relocated to informal settlements located in hazardous areas. 
However, demonstrating improvement in Haiti's security situation, in 
March 2017, the United Nations announced that the mandate of the United 
Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti will end in October 2017, to be 
replaced by a new police-only mission focused on rule of law.
    Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on October 4, 2016, 
causing extensive damage to crops, housing, livestock, and 
infrastructure across Haiti's southwest peninsula. The Government of 
Haiti confirmed 546 fatalities from the storm, and over 175,000 people 
were left without housing. The most significant impact from the storm 
was concentrated in 3 of Haiti's 10 departments--Nippes, Grand'Anse, 
and Sud. Minimal damage was inflicted on the rest of the country, 
including the capital, Port-au-Prince, and the second largest city, 
Cap-Ha[iuml]tien. Still, significant losses of crops and livestock in 
the regions damaged by Hurricane Matthew impacted the entire country.
    Heavy rains in late April 2017 caused flooding and landslides in 
South, South East, Grand'Anse, and Nippes departments, with South 
department most impacted. At least four people were killed, nearly 
10,000 homes may have been damaged, and at least 350,000 people may 
have been affected. According to a Haitian government official, an 
estimated 80% of the spring harvest in South department may have been 
destroyed. The damage from Hurricane Matthew and the recent heavy rains 
are compounding the existing food insecurity experienced by an 
estimated 3.2 million people (approximately 30 percent of the 
population) in September 2016.
    Haiti's weak public health system is further strained due to an 
ongoing cholera epidemic, whose inception was traced to U.N. 
peacekeepers assisting with earthquake recovery. Since October 2010, 
close to 800,000 Haitians have contracted cholera, and nearly 10,000 
people have died from the disease. However, progress has been made in 
combatting cholera, and Haiti has made some progress in the health 
sector in recent years. Nevertheless, Haiti faces longstanding public 
health challenges, where 40% of the population lacked access to basic 
health services before the 2010 earthquake. As of 2016, this figure 
remains the same--40% of the population lacks access to fundamental 
health and nutrition services. While the lack of access to safe 
drinking water and Haiti's weak sanitation infrastructure remain 
significant concerns, these are not new problems. Extreme poverty, 
corruption, and low levels of education in Haiti challenge its 
resilience and have contributed to the government's longstanding 
inability to adequately provide for the security, health, and safety of 
its citizenry.
    Based upon this review and after consultation with appropriate U.S. 
Government agencies, the Secretary has determined that:
     The conditions that prompted the July 23, 2011 
redesignation of Haiti for TPS continue to be met. See INA section 
244(b)(3)(A) and (C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A) and (C).
     There continue to be extraordinary and temporary 
conditions in Haiti that prevent Haitian nationals (or aliens having no 
nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti) from returning to 
Haiti in safety. See INA section 244(b)(1)(C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(C).
     It is not contrary to the national interest of the United 
States to permit Haitians (or aliens having no nationality who last 
habitually resided in Haiti) who meet the eligibility requirements of 
TPS to remain in the United States temporarily. See INA section 
244(b)(1)(C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(C).
     The designation of Haiti for TPS should be extended for a 
6-month period from July 23, 2017, through January 22, 2018. See INA 
section 244(b)(3)(C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(C).
     It is in the best interest of TPS beneficiaries to prepare 
for their return to Haiti in the event that Haiti's TPS designation is 
not extended again, including requesting updated travel documents from 
the Government of Haiti.

Notice of Extension of the TPS Designation of Haiti

    By the authority vested in me as Secretary under INA section 244, 8 
U.S.C. 1254a, I have determined, after consultation with the 
appropriate U.S. Government agencies, that the conditions that prompted 
the redesignation of Haiti for TPS on July 23, 2011, continue to be 
met. See INA section 244(b)(3)(A), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A). On the 
basis of this determination, I am extending the existing designation of 
Haiti for TPS for 6 months, from July 23, 2017, through January 22, 
2018. See INA section 244(b)(1)(C) and (b)(2), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(C) 
and (b)(2).

John F. Kelly,
Secretary.

Required Application Forms and Application Fees To Register or Re-
Register for TPS

    To register or re-register for TPS based on the designation of 
Haiti, an applicant must submit each of the following two applications:
    1. Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-821).
     If you are filing an application for late initial 
registration, you must pay the fee for the Application for Temporary 
Protected Status (Form I-821). See 8 CFR 244.2(f)(2) and 244.6 and 
information on late initial filing on the USCIS TPS Web page at http://www.uscis.gov/tps.
     If you are filing an application for re-registration, you 
do not need to pay the fee for the Application for Temporary Protected 
Status (Form I-821). See 8 CFR 244.17.
    2. Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765).
     If you are applying for late initial registration and want 
an EAD, you must pay the fee (or request a fee waiver) for the 
Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) only if you are 
age 14 through 65. No fee for the Application for Employment 
Authorization (Form I-765) is required if you are under the age of 14 
or are age 66 or older and applying for late initial registration.
     If you are applying for re-registration, you must pay the 
fee (or request a fee waiver) for the Application for Employment 
Authorization (Form I-765) only if you want an EAD, regardless of age.
     You do not pay the fee for the Application for Employment 
Authorization (Form I-765) if you are not requesting an EAD, regardless 
of whether you are applying for late initial registration or re-
registration.
     If you do not want to request an EAD now, you may also 
file Form I-765 later to request an EAD, and pay the fee (or request a 
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you still have TPS or a pending TPS application. Your EAD application 
will be considered timely filed even if the date on your current TPS-
related EAD has expired. But until you timely re-register and properly 
file an EAD application, your current employment authorization will end 
on July 22, 2017. Accordingly, you must also properly file your EAD 
application during the 60-day re-registration period in order for your 
current employment authorization to be automatically extended for 180 
days (i.e., Janaury 18, 2018). You are strongly encouraged to file your 
EAD application as early as possible during the 60-day re-registration 
period to avoid lapses in your employment authorization.
    You must submit both completed application forms together, even if 
you are not currently requesting an EAD. If you are unable to pay for 
the Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) and/or 
biometric services fee, you may apply for a fee waiver by completing a 
Request for Fee Waiver (Form I-912) or submitting a personal letter 
requesting a fee waiver, and by providing satisfactory supporting 
documentation. For more information on the application forms and fees 
for TPS, please visit the USCIS TPS Web page at http://www.uscis.gov/tps. Fees for the Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-
821), the Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765), and 
biometric services are also described in 8 CFR 103.7(b)(1)(i).

Biometric Services Fee

    Biometrics (such as fingerprints) are required for all applicants 
14 years of age or older. Those applicants must submit a biometric 
services fee. As previously stated, if you are unable to pay for the 
biometric services fee, you may apply for a fee waiver by completing a 
Request for Fee Waiver (Form I-912) or by submitting a personal letter 
requesting a fee waiver, and providing satisfactory supporting 
documentation. For more information on the biometric services fee, 
please see the Instructions to Form I-821 or visit the USCIS Web site 
at http://www.uscis.gov. If necessary, you may be required to visit an 
Application Support Center (ASC) to have your biometrics captured. In 
such case, USCIS will send you an ASC scheduling notice.

Re-Filing a Re-Registration TPS Application After Receiving a Denial of 
a Fee Waiver Request

    USCIS urges all re-registering applicants to file as soon as 
possible within the 60-day re-registration period so that USCIS can 
process the applications and issue EADs promptly. Filing early will 
also allow those applicants who may receive denials of their fee waiver 
requests to have time to re-file their applications before the re-
registration deadline. If, however, an applicant receives a denial of 
his or her fee waiver request and is unable to re-file by the re-
registration deadline, the applicant may still re-file his or her 
application. This situation will be reviewed to determine whether the 
applicant has established good cause for late re-registration. However, 
applicants are urged to re-file within 45 days of the date on their 
USCIS fee waiver denial notice, if at all possible. See INA section 
244(c)(3)(C); 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(3)(C); 8 CFR 244.17(c). For more 
information on good cause for late re-registration, visit the USCIS TPS 
Web page at http://www.uscis.gov/tps.

    Note:  As previously stated, although a re-registering TPS 
beneficiary age 14 or older must pay the biometric services fee (but 
not the initial TPS application fee) when filing a TPS re-
registration application, the applicant may decide to wait to 
request an EAD, and therefore not pay the Application for Employment 
Authorization (Form I-765) fee until after USCIS has approved the 
individual's TPS re-registration, if he or she is eligible. If you 
choose to do this, you would file the Application for Temporary 
Protected Status (Form I-821) with the fee and the Application for 
Employment Authorization (Form I-765) without the fee and without 
requesting an EAD.

Mailing Information

    Mail your application for TPS to the proper address in Table 1.

                       Table 1--Mailing Addresses
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             If . . .                           Mail to . . .
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You live in Florida...............  For U.S. Postal Service:
                                       U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
                                        Services, P.O. Box 4464,
                                        Chicago, IL 60680.
                                    For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:
                                       U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
                                        Services, Attn: Haiti TPS, 131
                                        S. Dearborn--3rd Floor, Chicago,
                                        IL 60603.
You live in the State of New York.  For U.S. Postal Service:
                                       U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
                                        Services, P.O. Box 660167,
                                        Dallas, TX 75266.
                                    For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:
                                       U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
                                        Services, Attn: Haiti TPS, 2501
                                        S. State Highway, 121 Business
                                        Suite 400, Lewisville, TX 75067.
You live in any other state.......  For U.S. Postal Service:
                                       U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
                                        Services, P.O. Box 24047,
                                        Phoenix, AZ 85074.
                                    For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:
                                       U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
                                        Services, Attn: Haiti TPS, 1820
                                        E. Skyharbor Circle S, Suite
                                        100, Phoenix, AZ 85034.
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    If you were granted TPS by an Immigration Judge (IJ) or the Board 
of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and you wish to request an EAD or are re-
registering for the first time following a grant of TPS by an IJ or the 
BIA, please mail your application to the appropriate address in Table 
1. When submitting a re-registration application and/or requesting an 
EAD based on an IJ/BIA grant of TPS, please include a copy of the IJ or 
BIA order granting you TPS with your application. This will aid in the 
verification of your grant of TPS and processing of your application, 
as USCIS may not have received records of your grant of TPS by either 
the IJ or the BIA.

Supporting Documents

What type of basic supporting documentation must I submit?

    To meet the basic eligibility requirements for TPS, you must submit 
evidence that you:
     Are a national of Haiti or an alien having no nationality 
who last habitually resided in Haiti. Such documents may include a copy 
of your

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passport if available, other documentation issued by the Government of 
Haiti showing your nationality (e.g., national identity card, official 
travel documentation issued by the Government of Haiti), and/or your 
birth certificate with English translation accompanied by photo 
identification. USCIS will also consider certain forms of secondary 
evidence supporting your Haitian nationality. If the evidence presented 
is insufficient for USCIS to make a determination as to your 
nationality, USCIS may request additional evidence. If you cannot 
provide a passport, birth certificate with photo identification, or a 
national identity document with your photo or fingerprint, you must 
submit an affidavit showing proof of your unsuccessful efforts to 
obtain such documents and affirming that you are a national of Haiti. 
However, please be aware that an interview with an immigration officer 
will be required if you do not present any documentary proof of 
identity or nationality or if USCIS otherwise requests a personal 
appearance. See 8 CFR 103.2(b)(9), 244.9(a)(1);
     Have continuously resided in the United States since 
January 12, 2011. See INA section 244(c)(1)(A)(ii); 8 U.S.C. 
1254a(c)(1)(A)(ii); 8 CFR 244.9(a)(2); and
     Have been continuously physically present in the United 
States since June 23, 2011. See INA sections 244(b)(2)(A), 
(c)(1)(A)(i); 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(2)(A), (c)(1)(A)(i).
    The filing instructions on the Application for Temporary Protected 
Status (Form I-821) list all the documents needed to establish basic 
eligibility for TPS. You may also find information on the acceptable 
documentation and other requirements for applying for TPS on the USCIS 
Web site at www.uscis.gov/tps under ``Haiti.''

Do I need to submit additional supporting documentation?

    If one or more of the questions listed in Part 4, Question 2 of the 
Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-821) applies to you, 
then you must submit an explanation on a separate sheet(s) of paper 
and/or additional documentation. Depending on the nature of the 
question(s) you are addressing, additional documentation alone may 
suffice, but usually a written explanation will also be needed.

EAD

How can I obtain information on the status of my EAD request?

    To get case status information about your TPS application, 
including the status of a request for an EAD, you can check Case Status 
Online at http://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS National Customer 
Service Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833). If your Application 
for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) has been pending for more 
than 90 days and you still need assistance, you may request an EAD 
inquiry appointment with USCIS by using the InfoPass system at https://infopass.uscis.gov. However, we strongly encourage you first to check 
Case Status Online or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center 
for assistance before making an InfoPass appointment.

Am I eligible to receive an automatic extension of my current EAD 
through January 18, 2018?

    Provided that you currently have a Haiti TPS-based EAD, you may be 
eligible to have your employment authorization automatically extended 
to January 18, 2018 if you:
     Are a national of Haiti (or an alien having no nationality 
who last habitually resided in Haiti);
     Received an EAD under the designation of Haiti for TPS;
     Have an EAD with a marked expiration date of July 22, 
2017, bearing the notation ``A-12'' or ``C-19'' on the face of the card 
under ``Category'';
     Timely re-registered for TPS during the 60-day re-
registration period; and
     Properly filed an application for an EAD during the 60-day 
re-registration period.
    Although you may be eligible to automatically extend your 
employment authorization through January 18, 2018, you must timely re-
register for TPS in accordance with the procedures described in this 
Notice if you would like to maintain your TPS. You are strongly 
encouraged to file your EAD renewal application as early as possible 
during the 60-day re-registration period to avoid lapses in your 
employment authorization.

When hired, what documentation may I show to my employer as proof of 
employment authorization and identity when completing Employment 
Eligibility Verification (Form I-9)?

    You can find a list of acceptable document choices on the ``Lists 
of Acceptable Documents'' for Form I-9. You can find additional 
detailed information about Form I-9 on the USCIS I-9 Central Web page 
at http://www.uscis.gov/I-9Central. Employers are required to verify 
the identity and employment authorization of all new employees by using 
Form I-9. Within 3 days of hire, an employee must present proof of 
identity and employment authorization to his or her employer.
    You may present any document from List A (which reflect both 
identity and employment authorization), or one document from List B 
(which reflects your identity) together with one document from List C 
(which reflects employment authorization), or you may present an 
acceptable receipt for List A, List B, or List C documents as described 
in the Form I-9 Instructions. An EAD is an acceptable document under 
List A. Employers may not reject a document based on a future 
expiration date.
    If your EAD has an expiration date of July 22, 2017, and states 
``A-12'' or ``C-19'' under ``Category,'' and you timely filed an EAD 
renewal application during the 60-day re-registration period, you may 
choose to present your EAD to your employer together with the Form I-
797C Notice of Action (showing the qualifying eligibility category of 
either A12 or C19) as proof of identity and employment authorization 
for Form I-9 through January 18, 2018 (see the subsection titled ``How 
do my employer and I complete the Employment Eligibility Verification 
(Form I-9) on the basis of automatically extended employment 
authorization for a new job?'' for further information). To minimize 
confusion over this extension at the time of hire, you should explain 
to your employer that your employment authorization has been 
automatically extended through January 18, 2018. As an alternative to 
presenting evidence of your automatically extended employment 
authorization, you may choose to present any other acceptable document 
from List A, a combination of one selection from List B and one 
selection from List C, or a valid receipt.

What documentation may I show my employer to complete Employment 
Verification (Form I-9) if I am already employed but my current TPS-
related EAD is set to expire?

    Even though you may be eligible to have your employment 
authorization automatically extended, your employer will need to ask 
you about your continued employment authorization once July 22, 2017, 
is reached to meet its responsibilities for Form I-9. Your employer 
will need a new document to re-verify your employment authorization. 
Once presented, you and your employer must make corrections to the 
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expiration dates in Section 1 and Section 2 of Form I-9 (see the 
subsection titled ``What corrections should my current employer and I 
make to Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) if my employment 
authorization has been automatically extended?'' for further 
information). In addition, you may also show this Federal Register 
Notice to your employer to explain what to do for Form I-9.
    If you file your Form I-765 to renew your current EAD, and you 
receive a USCIS receipt notice (Form I-797C) stating that your current 
``A-12'' or ``C-19'' coded EAD is automatically extended for 180 days, 
you may show that receipt notice to your employer along with your EAD 
to confirm automatic extension of employment authorization through 
January 18, 2018, unless your TPS has been finally withdrawn or your 
request for TPS has been finally denied. To avoid delays in receiving 
the Form I-797C and a lapse in your employment authorization, you 
should file your EAD renewal application as early as possible during 
the re-registration period.
    By January 18, 2018, the expiration date of the automatic 
extension, your employer must re-verify your employment authorization. 
At that time, you must present any document from List A or any document 
from List C on Form I-9 to re-verify employment authorization, or an 
acceptable List A or List C receipt described in the Form I-9 
Instructions. Your employer should complete either Section 3 of the 
Form I-9 originally completed for you or, if this section has already 
been completed or if the version of Form I-9 has expired (check the 
date in the bottom left-hand corner of the form), complete Section 3 of 
a new Form I-9 using the most current version. Note that your employer 
may not specify which List A or List C document employees must present 
and cannot reject an acceptable receipt.

Can my employer require that I provide any other documentation to prove 
my status, such as proof of my Haitian citizenship?

    No. When completing Form I-9, including re-verifying employment 
authorization, employers must accept any documentation that appears on 
the ``Lists of Acceptable Documents'' for Form I-9 that reasonably 
appears to be genuine and that relates to you, or an acceptable List A, 
List B, or List C receipt. Employers may not request documentation that 
does not appear on the ``Lists of Acceptable Documents.'' Therefore, 
employers may not request proof of Haitian citizenship or proof of re-
registration for TPS when completing Form I-9 for new hires or re-
verifying the employment authorization of current employees. If the 
expired EAD with category A12 or C19 is presented with the Form I-797C 
Notice of Action as described herein, an employer should accept this 
document combination as a valid List A document so long as the EAD 
reasonably appears to be genuine and to relate to the employee. Refer 
to the Note to Employees section of this Notice for important 
information about your rights if your employer rejects lawful 
documentation, requires additional documentation, or otherwise 
discriminates against you based on your citizenship or immigration 
status, or your national origin.

How do my employer and I complete Employment Eligibility Verification 
(Form I-9) on the basis of automatically extended employment 
authorization for a new job?

    To evidence the automatic extension of your employment 
authorization, you may present your expired EAD with category A12 or 
C19 in combination with the Form I-797C Notice of Action showing that 
the EAD renewal application was timely filed and that the qualifying 
eligibility category is either A12 or C19. This document combination is 
considered an unexpired Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766) 
under List A. When completing Form I-9 for a new job before January 18, 
2018, you and your employer should do the following:
    1. For Section 1, you should:
    a. Check ``An alien authorized to work until'' and enter the date 
that is 180 days from the date your current EAD expires (January 18, 
2018) as the ``employment authorized until mm/dd/yyyy'' date; and
    b. Enter your Alien Number/USCIS number or A-Number where indicated 
(your EAD or other document from DHS will have your USCIS Number or A-
Number printed on it; the USCIS number is the same as your A-Number 
without the A prefix).
    2. When completing Section 2, employers should:
    a. Determine if the EAD is auto-extended for 180 days by ensuring:
     It is in category A12 or C19;
     the ``received date'' on Form I-797 is on or before the 
end of the 60-day re-registration period stated in this Notice; and
     the category code on the EAD is the same category code on 
Form I-797C, noting that employers should consider category codes A12 
and C19 to be the same category code;
    b. Write in the document title;
    c. Enter the issuing authority;
    d. Provide the document number; and
    e. Insert the date that is 180 days from the date the current EAD 
expires (January 18, 2018).
    By January 18, 2018, employers must re-verify the employee's 
employment authorization in Section 3 of the Form I-9.

What corrections should my current employer and I make to Employment 
Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) if my employment authorization has 
been automatically extended?

    If you are an existing employee who presented a TPS-related EAD 
that was valid when you first started your job and your employment 
authorization has now been automatically extended when you timely filed 
a new application for employment authorization during the 60-day re-
registration period, you may present your expired EAD with category A12 
or C19 in combination with the Form I-797C Notice of Action. The Form 
I-797C should show that the EAD renewal application was timely filed 
and that the qualifying eligibility category is either A12 or C19. Your 
employer may need to re-inspect your current EAD if your employer does 
not have a copy of the EAD on file. You and your employer should 
correct your previously completed Form I-9 as follows:
    1. For Section 1, you should:
    a. Draw a line through the expiration date in Section 1;
    b. Write the date that is 180 days from the date your current EAD 
expires (January 18, 2018) above the previous date (July 22, 2017); and
    c. Initial and date the correction in the margin of Section 1.
    2. For Section 2, employers should:
    a. Determine if the EAD is auto-extended for 180 days by ensuring:
     It is in category A12 or C19;
     the ``received date'' on Form I-797 is on or before the 
end of the 60-day re-registration period stated in this Notice; and
     the category code on the EAD is the same category code on 
Form I-797C, noting that employers should consider category codes A12 
and C19 to be the same category code;
    b. Draw a line through the expiration date written in Section 2;
    c. Write the date that is 180 days from the date the employee's 
current EAD expires (January 18, 2018) above the previous date (July 
22, 2017); and
    d. Initial and date the correction in the margin of Section 2.

    Note: This is not considered a reverification; do not complete 
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until either the 180-day extension has ended or the employee 
presents a new document to show continued employment authorization, 
whichever is sooner. By January 18, 2018, when the employee's 
automatically extended employment authorization ends, employers must 
re-verify the employee's employment authorization in Section 3.

If I am an employer enrolled in E-Verify, what do I do when I receive a 
``Work Authorization Documents Expiration'' alert for an automatically 
extended EAD?

    E-Verify automated the verification process for employees whose 
TPS-related EAD was automatically extended in a Federal Register 
Notice. If you have an employee who is a TPS beneficiary who provided a 
TPS-related EAD when he or she first started working for you, you will 
receive a ``Work Authorization Documents Expiring'' case alert when the 
auto-extension period for this EAD is about to expire. After completing 
the Form I-9 in accordance with the instructions above, the employer 
may create a case in E-Verify for a new employee using the information 
provided on Form I-9 and Form I-797C. The receipt number entered as the 
document number on Form I-9 should be entered into the document number 
field in E-Verify. By January 18, 2018, employment authorization must 
be re-verified in Section 3. Employers should not use E-Verify for 
reverification.

Note to All Employers

    Employers are reminded that the laws requiring proper employment 
eligibility verification and prohibiting unfair immigration-related 
employment practices remain in full force. This Notice does not 
supersede or in any way limit applicable employment verification rules 
and policy guidance, including those rules setting forth reverification 
requirements. For general questions about the employment eligibility 
verification process, employers may call USCIS at 888-464-4218 (TTY 
877-875-6028) or email USCIS at I-9Central@dhs.gov. Calls and emails 
are accepted in English and many other languages. For questions about 
avoiding discrimination during the employment eligibility verification 
process (Form I-9 and E-Verify), employers may also call the U.S. 
Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee 
Rights Section (IER), formerly the Office of Special Counsel for 
Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, Employer Hotline at 
800-255-8155 (TTY 800-237-2515), which offers language interpretation 
in numerous languages, or email IER at IER@usdoj.gov.

Note to Employees

    For general questions about the employment eligibility verification 
process, employees may call USCIS at 888-897-7781 (TTY 877-875-6028) or 
email at I-9Central@dhs.gov. Calls are accepted in English, Spanish, 
and many other languages. Employees or applicants may also call the IER 
Worker Hotline at 800-255-7688 (TTY 800-237-2515) for information 
regarding employment discrimination based upon citizenship, immigration 
status, or national origin, including discrimination related to 
Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) and E-Verify. The IER 
Worker Hotline provides language interpretation in numerous languages.
    To comply with the law, employers must accept any document or 
combination of documents from the Lists of Acceptable Documents if the 
documentation reasonably appears to be genuine and to relate to the 
employee, or an acceptable List A, List B, or List C receipt as 
described in the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) 
Instructions. Employers may not require extra or additional 
documentation beyond what is required for Employment Eligibility 
Verification (Form I-9) completion. Further, employers participating in 
E-Verify who receive an E-Verify case result of ``Tentative 
Nonconfirmation'' (TNC) must promptly inform employees of the TNC and 
give such employees an opportunity to contest the TNC. A TNC case 
result means that the information entered into E-Verify from Employment 
Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) differs from Federal or state 
government records.
    Employers may not terminate, suspend, delay training, withhold pay, 
lower pay, or take any adverse action against an employee based on the 
employee's decision to contest a TNC or because the case is still 
pending with E-Verify. A Final Nonconfirmation (FNC) case result is 
received when E-Verify cannot verify an employee's employment 
eligibility. An employer may terminate employment based on a case 
result of FNC. Work-authorized employees who receive an FNC may call 
USCIS for assistance at 888-897-7781 (TTY 877-875-6028). For more 
information about E-Verify related discrimination or to report an 
employer for discrimination in the E-Verify process based on 
citizenship or immigration status, or based on national origin, contact 
IER's Worker Hotline at 800-255-7688 (TTY 800-237-2515). Additional 
information about proper nondiscriminatory Employment Eligibility 
Verification (Form I-9) and E-Verify procedures is available on the IER 
Web site at https://www.justice.gov/ier and the USCIS Web site at 
http://www.dhs.gov/E-verify.

Note Regarding Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies (Such as 
Departments of Motor Vehicles)

    While Federal Government agencies must follow the guidelines laid 
out by the Federal Government, state and local government agencies 
establish their own rules and guidelines when granting certain 
benefits. Each state may have different laws, requirements, and 
determinations about what documents you need to provide to prove 
eligibility for certain benefits. Whether you are applying for a 
Federal, state, or local government benefit, you may need to provide 
the government agency with documents that show you are a TPS 
beneficiary and/or show you are authorized to work based on TPS. 
Examples of such documents are:
    (1) Your current EAD;
    (2) A copy of this Federal Register Notice;
    (3) A copy of your receipt notice (Form I-797C) for your 
application to renew your current EAD providing an automatic extension 
of your current expired or expiring EAD;
    (4) A copy of your Application for Temporary Protected Status 
Notice of Action (Form I-797) for this re-registration; and
    (5) A copy of your past or current Application for Temporary 
Protected Status Notice of Action (Form I-797), if you received one 
from USCIS.
    Check with the government agency regarding which document(s) the 
agency will accept.
    Some benefit-granting agencies use the USCIS Systematic Alien 
Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program to confirm the current 
immigration status of applicants for public benefits. In most cases, 
SAVE provides an automated electronic response to benefit-granting 
agencies within seconds, but, occasionally, verification can be 
delayed. You can check the status of your SAVE verification by using 
CaseCheck at the following link: https://save.uscis.gov/casecheck/, 
then by clicking the ``Check Your Case'' button. CaseCheck is a free 
service that lets you follow the progress of your SAVE verification 
using your date of birth and one immigration identifier number. If an 
agency has denied your application based solely or in part on a SAVE 
response, the agency must offer you the opportunity to appeal the 
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accordance with the agency's procedures. If the agency has received and 
acted upon or will act upon a SAVE verification and you do not believe 
the response is correct, you may make an InfoPass appointment for an 
in-person interview at a local USCIS office. Detailed information on 
how to make corrections, make an appointment, or submit a written 
request to correct records under the Freedom of Information Act can be 
found on the SAVE Web site at http://www.uscis.gov/save, then by 
choosing ``For Benefits Applicants'' from the menu on the left, 
selecting ``Save Resources,'' followed by ``SAVE Fact Sheet for Benefit 
Applicants.''

[FR Doc. 2017-10749 Filed 5-23-17; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 9111-97-P