Haitian TPS Extended until 1/18/2018. Applicants Must Renew EAD by 7/24/2017.

USCIS Announcement to Employers:

The Secretary of Homeland Security has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti for 6 months, from July 23, 2017, through Jan. 22, 2018. If your employee is a current beneficiary of Haiti’s designation for TPS: To be able to use his or her Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), as evidence of employment eligibility after it expires on July 22, 2017, he or she must timely file an application to renew that EAD between May 24, 2017, and July 24, 2017.

Timely filing would automatically extend the validity of the expired EAD for 180 days, until Jan. 18, 2018. USCIS will then provide your employee a Form I-797C, Notice of Action. If the EAD and Form I-797C both contain either category code “A-12” or “C-19,” then you must consider this combination a List A document for the purpose of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. You will need to reverify employment authorization of these employees by Jan. 18, 2018. The Federal Register notice does not automatically extend the validity of the EAD for these beneficiaries and is not an acceptable document for Form I-9 purposes. Find further details on this extension of TPS for Haiti at www.uscis.gov/tps.

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