This week, the Department of Homeland Security made an announcement regarding the Temporary Protected Status for Haiti. A decision was made to extend the date that the protection is effective until it terminates on July 22, 2019. Initially, it was set to end in January 2018 but has since been extended. The decision to end Temporary Protected Status for Haiti comes after a review on how the country is doing since the earthquake that devastated the country in 2010. USCIS outreach research shows that the conditions that existed when the protection was granted no longer exist.
Haitian officials will work together with the United States to create a smooth transition for individuals as they return to Haiti. The country will create a plan to bring back such a large amount of individuals in a safe and successful manner. The Haitian government will take the time between now and the termination date of the Temporary Protected Status in the United States. Those that do not wish to return to Haiti and want to remain in the United States will have to obtain alternative lawful immigration status if they are eligible.
This is a monumental decision because so many individuals are impacted and have built successful lives in the United States over the past seven years. Now, they will have to return to their country of origin and start again. If you are impacted by this decision and wish to obtain legal status in the United States after TPS expires, contact our firm today.
If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for matters regarding immigration, please contact the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta, LLC and we would be happy to provide you with assistance