The US Department of Homeland Security extended the application of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for an additional period of 18 months until 22 July 2017.

The GST directly supports the goal of the United States for a stable and economically viable Haiti by enabling Haitians to have a paid job in the United States, pending the improvement of their country.

For those whose work permit is not yet expired, the US Immigration Service (USCIS) automatically extend their EAD for an additional period of six months. According to the US authorities over 48,000 Haitians benefit from Temporary Protected Status 

The status of temporary protection (also called "TPS") is a temporary immigration status in the United States, granted to eligible nationals of designated countries.

In 1990, as part of the 1990 Immigration Act ("IMMACT"), PL 101-649, Congress established a procedure by which the Attorney General may provide TPS to immigrants in the United States who are temporarily unable to return safely to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions.