March 3, 2014

USCIS extended the temporary protected status (TPS) designation for Haiti for 18 months from July 23, 2014 through January 22, 2016 due to ongoing recovery efforts from the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. For individuals who already have TPS, the re-registration period runs from March 3, 2014 through May 2, 2014. ICE also extended the suspension of certain requirements relating to employment authorization for Haitian F-1 students who are experiencing severe economic hardship until January 22, 2016.

Citizens of Chile now Eligible for Visa Waiver Program (ESTA)

February 28, 2014 DHS announced the designation of Chile into the Visa Waiver Program. Starting May 1, 2014, eligible Chilean passport holders with both an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization and an e-passport will be able to visit the US without nonimmigrant visitor visas.