The Trump administration has granted a six-month extension to nearly 60,000 Haitians who were offered temporary protection in the US after a devastating earthquake in 2010.
The extension will allow them to remain in the US until January 2018.
But a DHS official said the agency was encouraging Haitians on the TPS scheme to “get their affairs in order”.
Immigration advocates have protested against deportations, saying conditions in Haiti remain too dangerous.
The earthquake killed tens of thousands of Haitians and displaced more than one million, and the country has since been hit by a cholera epidemic.
DHS officials who briefed reporters on the decision said only conditions seen as caused by the earthquake were taken into account in analysing Haiti’s readiness to accept the TPS residents back.
They said no decision had been made over whether the TPS status would be extended again in January 2018, but that the agency “highly encouraged all TPS recipients …