The Department of Homeland Security has granted Temporary Protected Status to Haitian nationals residing in the United States as of the date of Haiti’s devastating earthquake (January 12, 2010). For more information, see the following updates by JD Supra contributors:
Temporary Protected Status is sometimes granted to countries when
conditions temporarily prevent nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, when the
country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano temporarily halted the
removal (deportations) of Haitians with standing removal orders. Those
who do not have removal orders, but are detained in detention centers,
will remain jailed…
The Temporary Protected Status is for a period of 18 months. Individual nationals of Haiti are eligible. In addition, aliens having no nationality who habitually resided in Haiti are also eligible. To be eligible, the individual must have been continuously present and continually residing in the United States as of January 12, 2010, the date of the earthquake in Haiti. Eligible individuals have 180 days to register for Temporary Protected Status. Those eligible may also apply for employment and travel authorization…
The administration has clarified the earlier announcement regarding the suspension of deportation of Haitian citizens. The Haitians must have been in the United States before the earthquake January 11, and any Haitians who arrive here illegally after that date will be deported…
DHS has announced a humanitarian parole policy to allow orphaned Haitian
children to enter the United States under temporary protected status.
The policy is part of the U.S. government’s ongoing relief efforts to
assist Haiti following the devastating earthquake. The humanitarian
parole will allow eligible children entry to the United States on an
expedited basis to insure that they receive the care they need…
For information on how you can support the disaster relief in Haiti start with Google’s crisis response center.