Brooklyn, NY- The Department of Homeland Security’s 18 month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti beneficiaries will remain in effect until January 22, 2013.
“As the Representative of the second largest population of Haitian immigrants in the United States, I know how important TPS is for the Haitian Diaspora, and for the economic and social advancement of the island nation,” stated Congresswoman Clarke.
According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services:
· Individuals who do not currently have TPS may apply through Nov. 15, 2011.
· Individuals who applied for TPS under the initial designation announcement in January 2010 and whose applications were still pending as of May 19, 2011, will not need to file a new Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status.
· Individuals who were initially granted TPS for Haiti through July 22, 2011 and who plan to remain in the United States, must re-register no later than Aug. 22, 2011.
“It is important that the United States continues to assist the Haitian Diaspora as Haiti continues to recover from the January 2010 earthquake. It is clear that remittances sent back by those with TPS in the U.S. are integral to the survival of families and the vitality of the economy in Haiti. Moreover, this will continue to alleviate the burden on American financial assistance. It is clear that we must unite with the Haitian Diaspora to implement a long-term recovery strategy in Haiti,” concluded Rep. Clarke.