Automatic Extension of Work Authorization For Haitian TPS Recipients

July 20, 2018 

Due to processing delays, USCIS has issued an automatic extension of work authorization to eligible Haitian TPS recipients for whom work authorization is set to expire Saturday, July 21 and who have not yet received their employment authorization document (EAD). For the nearly 5,000 Haitian TPS recipients affected by this delay, automatic work authorization will be extended through January 17, 2019. See below for more information from USCIS, and contact the Family Defense Program if you have any additional questions or concerns. 

USCIS instructions to affected Haitian TPS holders:

USCIS is automatically extending the validity of certain employment authorization documents (EADs) issued under TPS Haiti through Jan. 17, 2019. If you are a TPS beneficiary under the Haiti designation with an EAD based on your TPS status, your EAD may now be valid through Jan. 17, 2019 if your EAD includes a category code of A12 or C19, you have not received your new EAD, and:

  • Your EAD expired on Jan.22, 2018, and you applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration period; or
  • Your EAD expired on July 22, 2017, and you applied for a new EAD on or after May 24, 2017.

You may continue to use your current EAD as evidence of your work authorization through Jan. 17, 2019. Because you have a pending EAD application, USCIS will mail you an individual Notice of Continued Evidence of Work Authorization that provides additional evidence of this automatic extension of your EAD through Jan. 17, 2019 to show to your employer. If you do not receive the Notice of Continued Evidence of Work Authorization within a week of July 22, 2018, please contact USCIS at 202-272-8377 or the UCSIS Contact Center number. You may provide your employer with this notice until you receive your Notice of Continued Evidence of Work Authorization. If USCIS approves your TPS re-registration application and you applied for new EAD, you will receive a new EAD with the expiration date of July 22, 2019.

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