Deadline Approaching for Haitians to Apply for TPS!

After the destructive earthquake hit Haiti, several thousands Haitians appealed for allowing them to stay and work legally in the United States. About 50,000 people have applied for the same, and now as the deadline for filing applications is approaching, immigration advocates are urging Haitians who have not applied yet for the status to hurry, else they would miss the opportunity!

The due date for filing petitions for Temporary Protection Status in the United States is July 20, 2010. For information, this provision is for only those who were already residing in the US unlawfully at the time of the Haiti earthquake. In other words, people who had been in the country before Jan 12 are eligible for the temporary status. Temporary Protection Status is such a provision in the US that facilitates immigrants who belong to countries which have been hit by unfortunate disaster or calamity, to work, as well as work in the nation for up to one-year-and-six-month.

According to the report of U.S. immigration department, they have accepted and handled as many as 51,881 petitions till June 4. The agency has turned down several applications, almost eleven percent, because those were inappropriate. In the beginning, concerned officials were expecting to receive applications from about 100,000 to 200,000 Haitians. Now, they expect to get around 70,000 more petitions by the middle of next month.

According to many immigration experts, many Haitians are not stepping forward to apply for the temporary protection status, considering the high application fees involved. They also fear such a step would land them in further trouble, like deportation to their homeland. However, they should keep this in mind that once they missed this opportunity, they might not be able to apply for the status again.

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