Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

This Is Why DHS Should Extend TPS for at Least 18 Months for Haitian Nationals

First, Haiti is far from recovering from a series of natural disasters like the Jan. 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew, as well as the preventable and curable cholera outbreak.  Hundreds of thousands were killed during the Jan. 2010 earthquake, thousands more wounded, and seven years after thousands of Haitians are still living in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) camp and calling makeshift tents and shellers their home. Last Oct., Hurricane Matthew devastated the most southern part of the country killed several hundreds, destroyed houses and the peasants’ livelihoods. Finally, but not least, the cholera outbreak  introduced by the United Nations peacekeeping soldiers has already killed over 10,000 Haitians and sickened thousands  more, and it has  not been put under control. For more information on TPS extension, please visit our website. Read the entire letter HERE. Protected Status for Haitians The New York […]

DHS’ Six-Month TPS Extension Reflects Haiti’s Current Condition Poorly

Some U.S. lawmakers and  Haitian activists who had called for an extension of at least eighteen months expressed disappointment in the DHS’ announcement. “There’s just no way that in six months the nation of Haiti could absorb 60,000 of its people back,” said Florida Senator Bill Nelson, referring to DHS’s decision. FANM’s executive director Marleine Bastien told the Miami Herald “It’s not a victory to us, and certainly not to the families.” The six-month extension is nothing than a failure of the U.S. government to recognize that Haiti’s current situation is precarious. More needs to done to ensure that Haitian nationals live a life that they deserve in the United States. We encourage all of you to continue to stand in solidarity with Haiti by urging President Donald Trump to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haiti for at least 18 months. So we need your help to build […]

Important Details About Haitian Family Reunification

In October 2014, after years of advocacy by IJDH and our allies, the State Department approved a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRP). Only certain visa applicants are eligible for this program. The Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services explains in this short video. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services May 8, 2015

What’s next for Haitian Family Reunification?

This article explains the recent developments regarding the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, set to begin in early 2015. As the criteria for the 2015 start date only apply to a fraction of those on waiting lists, advocates will continue fighting for full implementation. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. What is the Haitian Family Reunification Parole? Dennis Mulligan, Haïti Liberté November 12-18, 2014 Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementing the Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) program. The purpose of this program is to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. HFRP will allow some Haitians living in Haiti to come to the United States before they can actually apply for their green card, if their relatives in the […]

TPS for Haitians Extended through January 22, 2016

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Haiti has been extended for an additional 18 months through January 22, 2016.  The re-registration period runs from March 3rd through May 2nd, 2014. Read more about the extension below. Temporary Protected Status Extended for Haitians US Citizenship and Immigration Services March 3, 2014 WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Haiti for an additional 18 months, effective July 23, 2014 through Jan. 22, 2016. Current Haitian beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from March 3, 2014, through May 2, 2014. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day period begins. USCIS will not accept applications before March 3, 2014. The 18-month extension also allows […]

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 […]

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