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USCIS Responds to Haiti Earthquake

Information Update

  • On December 9, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Help Haitian Adoptees Immediately to Integrate Act of 2010 (Help HAITI Act of 2010). This new law will make it possible for certain Haitian orphans paroled into the United States to become lawful permanent residents (LPR) of the United States and get green cards. Applications to get a green card under this law may be filed at any time on or before December 9, 2013. For processing information regarding Haitian orphans, please see Green Card Through the Help Haiti Act of 2010
  • On 9/14 the Department of Homeland Security announced the suspension of certain requirements for employment authorization for Haitian F-1 nonimmigrant students experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. For more information, please click here or see the link on the right side of this page.
  • In response to the situation in Haiti, USCIS will continue to offer expanded live assistance hours, however, this service will be modified to 8AM - 8PM local time Monday through Friday.  Automated services and information via USCIS.gov will remain available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • On April 13, 2010, USCIS released an Update reminding Haitian nationals that the registration deadline for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is fast approaching.  For more information please click here or the link on the right side of this page.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 02/24/2011