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temporary protection – be wary
The second tragic earthquake in Haiti reinforces how temporary protected status is a necessity for nationals of that devastated country.
Temporary Protected Status is applicable when events such as political unrest (i.e., civil war) and disasters (earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, etc.) and other extraordinary conditions exist in a particular nation.
Those who hold TPS cannot be detained or deported; they may apply for work permits.
Immigrants who have been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors in the United States cannot receive TPS.
Haiti joins only five other countries (El Salvador, Honduras, Somalia, Nicaragua and Sudan) that currently are in TPS.
PLEASE do not accept the advice of anyone who purports to be “an expert” or who has an agency set up for TPS applications without verifying their credentials.
Many nonprofit groups and law firms will be available to assist folks who request TPS .
Sadly, there will be a lot of people waiting to deceive Haitian citizens into applying, without knowing or caring about the law. BE CAREFUL.