Nationals of Haiti who were in the United States on or before January 12, 2010, are eligible to apply for temporary protected status (TPS). If eligible, nationals of Haiti with TPS will be allowed to remain in the United States as a result of the earthquake that occurred in Haiti on January 12, 2010.

Furthermore, TPS holders will not be removed from the U.S. through July 22, 2011, and are eligible to apply for work authorization in the United States. The TPS registration period is for 180 days, so it is vital that nationals of Haiti in the United States on or before January 12, 2010, apply for TPS before July 20, 2010.