Immigration Law Unit Hosts Application Assistance Clinic For Haitian Nationals Applying For Temporary Protected Status
MONDAY, APRIL 07, 2014

On April 4, The Legal Aid Society's Immigration Law Unit hosted an application assistance clinic staffed by Unit staff and trained law student interns and volunteers from New York City law firms for Haitian Nationals who are re-registering for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

In February, the Department of Homeland Security extended for another eighteen months - until July 23, 2016- the designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status. (TPS). Although the United States designated Haiti for TPS in 2010, after the devastating earthquake, it is still not safe for Haitian nationals to return to Haiti. The extension allows Haitian nationals who are recipients of TPS to re-register for TPS and apply to renew their Employment Authorization Documents between March 3, 2014 and May 2, 2014. In 2010, The Legal Aid Society assisted more than 1200 eligible Haitian nationals to apply for the TPS and employment authorizes benefits.

The clinic assisted approximately 50 Haitian nationals to re-register for TPS. Some of the clients screened at the clinic were determined to be eligible for other permanent immigration benefits including Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visa and family based adjustment of status. Staff is following up with the clients to assist them in filing for permanent benefits. clients were referred for legal services.