Immigration Attorney Edgardo Martinez Discusses Temporary Protected Status Extension for Haiti

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According to a press release issued on August 25, 2015, by the USCIS and in light of a recent extension of Haiti’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional eighteen months, immigration attorney Edgardo Martinez is urging current TPS Haiti beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS to re-register during a compulsory 60-day period that runs from August 25, 2015, through October 26, 2015.

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This is an immigration benefit for certain people from Haiti that allows them to stay in the United States and receive a work permit while they are physically present here.

The extended designation becomes effective January 23, 2016, through July 22, 2017. “This is an immigration benefit for certain people from Haiti that allows them to stay in the United States and receive a work permit while they are physically present here,” said Martinez. “After the deadline, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer accept applications.”

The first time such a status was issued to Haitians was in January 2010 after an earthquake devastated the country. According to the USCIS press release, following consultations with other federal agencies, the Department of Homeland Security determined that current conditions in Haiti support extending the designation period for current TPS beneficiaries.

The current extension, approved by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible TPS Haiti beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of July 22, 2017.

“The USCIS is aware that some re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current EAD expires,” said Martinez. “However, they are automatically extending current TPS Haiti EADs with a January 22, 2016, expiration date for an additional six months, which will now be valid through July 22, 2016.”

Mr. Martinez is happy to help anyone who has questions about the TPS extension and re-registration process. He is an expert in immigration law and earned his Juris Degree from Indiana University School of Law and joined the Indiana State Bar in 2005. Initially working in the area of criminal defense, his practice evolved into immigration law. His many years of experience as a lawyer have given him a unique perspective and understanding of his clients’ situations.

About the Law Office of Edgardo Martinez
Attorney Edgardo Martinez practices immigration law in Tampa, FL. He is highly focused in obtaining citizenship, deportation defense, green cards, work permits, immigrant visas, spousal petition and deferred action. The office is located at 1228 East 7th Avenue, suite 200, Tampa, FL 33605. For more information, please call (813) 666-8909.

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