The Obama administration recently announced that Haitians who received temporary protected immigration status (TPS) due to the massive earthquake striking their country last year will be allowed an additional year and a half to live and work in the United States.
Initially, TPS was available to all Haitians who continuously resided in the U.S. since the day of the earthquake: January 12, 2010. Under the new law, Haitians who have arrived as late as January 12, 2011 and have continuously resided in the U.S. may obtain TPS. The extension will not be granted to people who have been convicted of a felony or at least two misdemeanors and will expire on Jan. 22, 2013.
To this day approximately 48,000 Haitians living in the United States have secured temporary protected status since the earthquake, and an estimated 10,000 more would be eligible under the extension.
Guidelines from immigration services were issued last week and can be found at www.uscis.gov.
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