Haitian Immigration Rights

Click HERE for links to over 70 editorials, resolutions, political letters, op-eds, petitions, and other support urging the President and DHS to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program.


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

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

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Haitian Family Reunification Victory!

With your support, up to 5,000 families will be reunited next year! IJDH’s campaign for a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRP) bore fruit October 17, when the Department of Homeland Security announced it would implement the program in 2015. Since the 2010 quake, IJDH has been a leader in this fight, coordinating volunteers nationally and securing over 80 items of editorial, political, and community support. Allies included Haitian Women of Miami’s Marleine Bastien and Massachusetts State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, among others too numerous to mention. One milestone among many was the August 15th letter endorsed by 73 Haitian diaspora groups and leaders nationwide. IJDH will work to expand this program’s limited coverage: of about 100,000 DHS-approved beneficiaries of family-based visa petitions waiting up to 12 years in Haiti, the program only covers those with under two years to wait. And we will monitor … Continue reading

Many Set to Immigrate Through Haitian Family Reunification

This article describes a couple who were part of just a small Haitian community when they first moved to Fort Pierce, FL. Now, the growing population of Haitians will likely grow even more as the Obama administration has agreed to implement a Haitian Family reunification program starting in 2015. IJDH Immigration Policy Coordinator Steve Forester, and others, describe why this program is so important for both Haiti and the US. An excerpt is below. Click HERE for the full text. More Haitians make Tampa Bay area their home José Patiño Girona, The Tampa Tribune October 26, 2014 … Earlier this month, President Barack Obama announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will oversee the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to more quickly unify Haitians who are here and their families who stayed behind. The program makes it easier for Haitians living … Continue reading

Finally, a Haitian Family Reunification Program!

This editorial reflects the years of persistent advocacy which yielded Friday’s DHS announcement that it will implement early next year a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program. Calls for this program date to January 2010, nearly five years ago.  The program is limited: only DHS-approved beneficiaries whose visa priority dates will become current within two years will be eligible, while some are on wait lists of up to 12 years in Haiti.  But it’s a start, and in coming months we will monitor its implementation and seek to expand its coverage. Click HERE for the original article. Finally, Mr. President… Miami Herald October 19, 2014 Here’s what the Editorial Board said two years after a cataclysmic earthquake turned Port-au-Prince and much of the island to rubble, killing hundreds of thousands: “President Obama has failed to do the one thing in his power that … Continue reading

DHS To Implement Haitian Family Reunification Program!

The Department of Homeland Security announced today that it will implement a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP), starting in early 2015. This HFRPP will let thousands of approved Haitian beneficiaries promptly enter the U.S. if they are within two years of their visa priority dates.  IJDH, with Haitian American leaders and others nationwide, has led a years-long effort to win this program’s creation to save lives and help Haiti recover.  While the program is more limited than needed, thousands should benefit, and we will monitor its implementation and seek its expansion in coming months. Click HERE for the original article. Obama to expedite U.S. entry for thousands of Haitians Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald October 17, 2014 Haitians eligible to receive green cards in two years soon will be able to wait it out in the United States rather than … Continue reading

President Obama Should Support Haitian Family Reunification

A major article describes the efforts to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP), which would expedite the entry into the US of persons DHS has already approved but who remain on years-long wait lists. The White House has taken no action despite overwhelming support. Such a program, similar to an ongoing program for Cubans, would save lives and generate remittances to help Haiti recover. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Advocates, Florida delegation push immigration program to help rebuild Haiti Chris Adams, McClatchy DC September 16, 2014 WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives – including those from South Florida – is pushing the Obama administration to create an immigration program for Haitians that would accelerate the flow of immigrants from that country and help it recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake. … Continue reading

Haitian Diaspora Leaders Urge Haitian Family Reunification Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steve Forester, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, steveforester@aol.com, 786-877-6999 (English, Haitian Creole) 73 Haitian American Diaspora Groups and Leaders Urge President Obama to Create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (Miami, August 18, 2014)—In an unprecedented demonstration of unity and urgency, Haitian American organizations and leaders from across the nation and political spectrum urged President Obama “to instruct the Department of Homeland Security to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP) now to save lives and speed Haiti’s recovery.”  Forty-three (43) diaspora groups and 30 other diaspora political, religious, professional and social leaders wrote urging the President to finally implement this long-proposed and “easy-to-implement humanitarian and recovery measure.” “DHS as of November 1, 2013 had approved family-based immigrant visa petitions for 109,489 Haitians who remain on wait lists of up to more than 12 … Continue reading