temporary protection – be wary

  1. The second tragic earthquake in Haiti reinforces how temporary protected status is a necessity for nationals of that devastated country.
  2. 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.
  3. Those who hold TPS  cannot be detained or deported; they may apply for work permits.
  4. Immigrants who have  been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors in the United States cannot receive TPS.
  5. Haiti joins only five other countries (El Salvador, Honduras, Somalia, Nicaragua and Sudan) that currently are in TPS.
  6. 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.
  7. Many nonprofit groups and law firms will be available to assist folks who request TPS .
  8. Sadly, there will be a lot of people waiting to deceive Haitian citizens into applying, without knowing or caring about the law.  BE CAREFUL.

Written by: Harlan York

Immigration Attorney Harlan York is Former Chair, Immigration Section, NJ State Bar Association and Former Co-Chair, NY State Bar Association CFLS Immigration Committee. Mr. York appeared on National Television on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose and Primer Impacto on Univision, as well as Telemundo, NBC, and PBS. He was honored as First Ever Immigration Lawyer of The Year in NJ by Best Lawyers.

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