Haitian Immigration Rights

Overview

IJDH’s immigration advocacy is built on three decades of leadership in ensuring a safe haven in the U.S. for Haiti’s persecuted.  We seek creation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to save lives, reunite families, expedite orderly migration and speed recovery by increasing the flow of remittances to loved ones in Haiti. The Haiti Asylum Information Project (HAIP), established in 2004, has provided asylum applicants from across Haiti’s political spectrum the expert testimony and country condition information they need to present strong cases. Our Stop Deportations Now Campaign, the platform for years-long Temporary Protected Status (TPS) advocacy in Congress, the media, and the streets led to the suspension of all non-criminal deportations to Haiti in early 2009 and facilitated the immediate grant of TPS to Haitians in the United States after Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake.

Expediting Haitian Family Reunification

Click HERE for a listing with links of over 70 items of support for family reunification.

IJDH leads nationwide advocacy urging the Obama administration to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (FRPP).  Nearly 110,000 Haitians are beneficiaries of family-based immigrant visa petitions which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already approved but who remain on wait lists of up to more than 12 years in Haiti, where many may not survive.  A Cuban FRPP expedites family reunification for similarly-situated Cuban beneficiaries; IJDH has built extensive support and momentum for creation of a similar Haitian program.

Click HERE for links to letters, resolutions, editorials, reports, petitions and op-eds urging creation of a Haitian FRPP to save lives and speed Haiti’s recovery.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

On Jan­u­ary 21, 2010, after years of IJDH advo­cacy and a dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake nine days ear­lier, the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity (DHS) des­ig­nated Haiti for Tem­po­rary Pro­tected Sta­tus (TPS) for 18 months. In May, 2011, DHS extended TPS for another 18 months to Jan­u­ary 22, 2013, and redes­ig­nated it to include Haitians who had arrived in the United States by Jan­u­ary 12, 2011, one year after the quake. On Octo­ber 1, 2012, DHS extended TPS for Haiti for another 18 months, to July 22, 2014.  Most recently, on March 3, 2014, DHS extended TPS for another 18 months, through January 22, 2016. As always, Haitians seek­ing TPS pro­tec­tion and work autho­riza­tion must apply indi­vid­u­ally, meet­ing eli­gi­bil­ity require­ments described by DHS’s United States Cit­i­zen­ship and Immi­gra­tion Ser­vices (USCIS).

TPS pro­tects most Haitians in the United States from depor­ta­tion to Haiti, and IJDH works with a broad range of advo­cates to trouble-shoot TPS imple­men­ta­tion issues as they arise.

Haitian Asylum Information Project (HAIP)

The Haitian Asylum Information Project (HAIP) is an online resource library for asylum applicants and their lawyers. It contains key documents, contact information, and model pleadings to facilitate the filing of successful Haitian asylum cases.

Click HERE to learn more about HAIP.

Stop Deportations Now Campaign

Click HERE to learn more about the campaign.

Take Action

Take action now for fair immigration policy toward Haitians. Make your voice heard by signing petitions, writing to or calling your representatives, and getting up-to-date information about Haitian immigration.

The Obama administration is keeping Haitian families apart

Marleine Bastien and Steven Forester, The Grio August 1, 2013 It’s been 42 months — three and a half years — since Haiti’s calamitous January 12, 2010 earthquake killed hundreds of thousands and left a million destitute in the hemisphere’s poorest nation.  It was a hammer blow piling misery on misery. President Obama immediately promised leadership to help Haiti and an idea surfaced, broached by Republican Elliot Abrams in the Washington Post ten days after the quake and supported as effective and easy to implement by virtually everyone ever since: expedite entry into the United States of close relatives of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents on years-long wait lists in Haiti despite already having been approved to join their family members by the Department of Homeland Security. Editorial boards, think tanks and 100 members of Congress asked: “Why should already-approved beneficiaries have to wait years longer … Continue reading

Hastings on the Third Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

January 11, 2013   Contact: Lale Mamaux   Phone: (202) 225-1313 www.alceehastings.house.gov   Hastings on the Third Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake   (Fort Lauderdale) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) issued the following statement on the third anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010: “On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by one of the largest earthquakes in its entire history, killing tens of thousands and causing immeasurable damage to its infrastructure.  Within hours, the international community mobilized its resources and were on the ground to provide lifesaving aid to the Haitian people.  Despite these laudable efforts, however, Haiti remains plagued by a stagnant economy, widespread poverty, and outbreaks of cholera.  Furthermore, in the past year, a spring drought and two storms during hurricane season resulted in more than $170 million in crop losses, endangering an additional 1.5 … Continue reading

January 11, 2013: Hastings on the Third Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

(Fort Lauderdale) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) issued the following statement on the third anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010: “On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by one of the largest earthquakes in its entire history, killing tens of thousands and causing immeasurable damage to its infrastructure. Within hours, the international community mobilized its resources and were on the ground to provide lifesaving aid to the Haitian people. Despite these laudable efforts, however, Haiti remains plagued by a stagnant economy, widespread poverty, and outbreaks of cholera. Furthermore, in the past year, a spring drought and two storms during hurricane season resulted in more than id=”mce_marker”70 million in crop losses, endangering an additional 1.5 million Haitians. “Natural disasters are the world’s cruelest actions in their disregard for human life, as they do not discriminate or … Continue reading

Temporary Protected Status Re-registration Period Extended for Haitian Nationals

      News Release Dec. 27, 2012   Temporary Protected Status Re-registration Period Extended for Haitian Nationals   WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today an extension of the re-registration period for Haitian nationals who have already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and seek to maintain that status for an additional 18 months. Given the impact Hurricane Sandy has had on regions where Haitians reside, the re-registration period is extended through Jan. 29, 2013. Haitian TPS beneficiaries are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Under this extension, USCIS also will accept applications from eligible individuals who have already applied after the close of the re-registration period on Nov. 30, 2012 and will continue to accept applications through Jan. 29, 2013. The initial, 60-day re-registration period was established after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced … Continue reading

Hastings Renews Call for Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

October 4, 2012 Contact: Lale Mamaux  Phone: (202) 225-1313 www.alceehastings.house.gov (Washington, DC) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) sent the following letter to President Obama urging the administration to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program.  This program would allow Haitians with approved family based visa petitions to come to the United States while awaiting their visas. (Please find below and attached a copy of the letter).   The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500   Dear Mr. President, In a letter dated July 10, 2012, I urged you to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program that would allow Haitians with approved family based visa petitions to come to the United States while they await their visas.  Since that time, your administration has renewed Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, … Continue reading

Haitians in Miami urge Obama to let family come to U.S.on parole visa program-With the president in town, Haitian advocates took the opportunity to speak up on an immigration issue that has preoccupied the group since the earthquake ravaged the country in 2010.

Daniela Guzman, The Miami Herald June 26, 2012 Haitian advocates in Miami made an emotional appeal to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, hours before he came to town for a campaign event. At the center for Haitian Women of Miami, leaders urged Obama to allow family members to come to the United States for a better life. A group of religious, political and business leaders pressed the issue at the FANM Center, 181 NE 82nd St., an issue they say has been put on the back burner since an earthquake ravaged Haiti more than two years ago. At the time, Obama pledged to help Haitians get back on their feet. Miami leaders say the answer is opening the doors to people who continue to live in disaster areas who want to reunite with relatives in the U.S.  The Haitian Family Reunification … Continue reading