On January 15,2010, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the designation of Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010.
The U.S. government already extends temporary protected status to nationals from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia and Sudan under a law that is intended to provide relief to countries torn by war, natural disaster or political upheaval.
Immigrants must pay a fee to apply and are eligible only if they do not have a criminal record. The government can extend the program as conditions warrant.
The Obama administration will allow 100,000 to 200,000 Haitians living in the United States illegally to stay for 18 months because of Tuesday’s earthquake but warned that Haitians who are newly caught trying to enter the country will be deported.
The U.S. government announced this week that it was temporarily halting deportations of Haitians, including those in detention.
Click here to learn more about how to apply for TPS.
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