Posts Tagged ‘Haitians’

More Relief for Haitians?

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Shortly after the January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated much of Port-au-Prince, DHS suspended deportations of Haitians and extended temporary protected status (TPS) to tens of thousands of undocumented Haitians already in the United States. TPS is granted by DHS to individuals already in the U.S. who are nationals of countries subject to environmental disaster, armed conflict or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. Beneficiaries are granted employment authorization and a stay of removal while in TPS status. DHS also put into place new procedures to accommodate the thousands of Haitian orphans waiting to finalize their adoptions. And, just recently, 200 critically injured children were given humanitarian visas to enter the United States for medical treatment. USCIS also has stated that it would take additional steps to assist Haitian foreign nationals during the crisis, and, where appropriate, would work to issue favorable adjudications for applications for change or extension of nonimmigrant status, grant an additional period for advance parole and authorize nonimmigrant students’ requests for off-campus employment and work authorization, among other measures.

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