The Department of Homeland Security has announced that due to the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010, Haitian immigrants currently residing in the United States are eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). With TPS, immigrants can live and work in the United States legally during the duration of their status, which has been initially set to expire on July 22, 2010 but may be subject to extension. DHS estimates that 100,000 to 200,000 Haitian nationals will be eligible for TPS.
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TPS: Questions and Answers (from USCIS.gov)
1. What is Temporary Protected Status?
TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of a certain country (or persons without nationality who last habitually lived in that country) designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security because that country has experienced temporary negative conditions, such as armed conflict or an environmental disaster, that prevent nationals of the country from returning safely or for the country to handle their return adequately. TPS beneficiaries are allowed to remain in the United States and can legally work for a set time period. (See Section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1254a.)
2. I am a Haitian national; currently I cannot return to Haiti due to the earthquake and would like to apply for TPS. Am I eligible to apply for TPS?
To qualify, you must:
* Be a national of Haiti, or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti
* Have continuously resided in the U.S. since January 12, 2010.
* Have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since the date of the Federal Register Notice publication, and
* Meet certain immigrant admissibility requirements, and other TPS eligibility requirements (See INA § 244(c), 8 U.S.C. § 1254a and 8 C.F.R. §§ 144.2-244.4.)
* Satisfactorily complete all TPS application procedures as described in the Federal Register notice announcing Haitian TPS, the TPS application instructions (Form I-821), and regulations at 8 C.F.R. §§ 244.6 - 244.9.