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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Program Introduced to Help Haitians in the US

Temporary Protected Status Program

The United States Department of Homeland Security has introduced a Temporary Protected Status, or TPS program to help Haitians living in the United States. No other significant weather event has impacted Haiti more than the tragic January earthquake, which was the reason for the introduction of the program. The government has also put a stop to the deporting of immigrants from Haiti who were previously been detained.

Conditions to Qualify for Temporary Protected Status Program

Haitian immigrants, who must have been on United States soil during the time of the earthquake, will be allowed a year-and-a-half (18 months) of Temporary Protected Status as well as authorization to work in the United States.

The United States government has taken similar action during prior catastrophic natural disasters, specifically for immigrants from countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, Somalia, Nicaragua and Sudan.

Restrictions for the Temporary Protected Status Program

The Department of Homeland Security has mentioned that TPS will not be extended to those found to be convicted of specific crimes, and more importantly in cases of US deportation the TPS will not apply.  In cases of criminality and deportation, it is important to consult with an immigration lawyer whether or not your would otherwise fall under the TPS category.

The USCIS should be commended for its TPS Program as a humanitarian gesture towards Haitian victims and their families.

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8 thoughts on “Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Program Introduced to Help Haitians in the US

  1. jose

    I Heard that el salvador with TPS in the US are eligible for green in Canada is that true if it is how can i apply, also i have sister in Canada is citizen is marriage.

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    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Jose,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would have to take a closer look at your case to determine whether you are eligible for permanent residency in Canada, as well as what the best pathway would be for you to apply. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. christopher Verdier

    I Heard that Haitians with TPS in the US are eligible for green in Canada is that true if it is how can i apply

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Christopher,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You may be eligible for a green card, but we will have to take a closer look at your case to determine this. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  3. Ethan

    How can a Haitian with temporary protected status in USA get a visa to go to canadian ?

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    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Ethan,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! There are various ways that you could immigrate to Canada. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  4. briana

    My boyfriend is Salvadorian and I want to know how I can help him get his work permit. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Briana,

      In order to get a Work Permit, you first need to have a job offer from a Canadian employer. Your Canadian employer then will have to apply for a Labour Market Opinion before s/he can hire you. A positive Labour Market Opinion will show that there is a need for the foreign worker to fill the job you offer and that there is no Canadian worker available to do the job. After obtaining a positive labour market opinion, you will be eligible to apply for a Work Permit.

      Obtaining a positive Labour Market Opinion entails proving that there is no Canadian worker available to fill the requirements of a particular position. Since the process involves a critical assessment of an employer’s needs and recruitment practices, it takes time and a lot of documentation before a decision is rendered. I suggest that you consult a qualified immigration lawyer to prepare a strong application package for you.

      Reply

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