Get Help with Haitian TPS
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the redesignation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended Haiti's current TPS designation for 18 months—through January 22, 2013.
The following are the options for Haitians interested in applying to extend their TPS status and for those who may now qualify to apply:
INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE ALREADY BEEN GRANTED HAITIAN TPS (RE-REGISTRANTS):
The designation period has been extended for 18 months - through January 22, 2013. You must re-register by August 22, 2011.
INDIVIDUALS WHO DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE HAITIAN TPS AND WHO ARRIVED BY JANUARY 12, 2011 (INITIAL APPLICANTS):
You may now apply for TPS, provided that you meet all other Haitian TPS eligibility criteria. You must file by November 15, 2011.
INDIVIDUALS WHO APPLIED FOR HAITIAN TPS UNDER THE INITIAL DESIGNATION IN JANUARY 2010 AND WHOSE APPLICATIONS WERE STILL PENDING ON MAY 19, 2011:
Do not need to file a new Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Your pending applications will be considered filings under the May 2011 redesignation. But if you need to extend or request an Employment Authorization Document you must file a new Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, starting May 23, 2011.
Watch this video produced by CUNY TV to learn more about our Haitian TPS Application Assistance Events.
In a truly record-setting show of dedication, over 130 Citizenship Now! volunteers turned up to lend a helping hand to the community during our TPS Application Assistance Event on Saturday, June 11th. Among these enthusiastic volunteers were individuals from many different fields of expertise, each bringing a unique skill to the table.
A number of organizations co-sponsored the event, including the Legal Aid Society. Jojo Annobil, Attorney-in-Charge of Legal Aid’s Immigration Law Unit, commented on the success of the event: "The Legal Aid Society was proud to be a partner in this well-run and well-attended TPS registration drive. The extraordinary turnout of applicants— 421 applicants received comprehensive advice and application assistance, with about 300 more referred to other outreach sites for assistance — shows the urgent need for free legal services for low-income immigrants in New York City."
The event was also co-sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA), the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), Assembly Members Rhoda Jacobs and Karim Camara, and Council Members Jumaane Williams and Mathieu Eugene.
CUNY Citizenship Now! thanks all our volunteers for the invaluable help they have provided to their New York City neighbors.