On October 3, 2018, California U.S. District Judge Edward Chen granted a preliminary injunction in the case of Ramos v. Nielsen, preventing the Department of Homeland Security from terminating Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador (scheduled to end on 9/9/19), Haiti (7/22/19), Nicaragua (1/5/19), and Sudan (11/2/18).  The injunction remains in place until the Court lifts it or the lawsuit ends. Continue Reading California Court Temporarily Enjoins Administration from Ending Temporary Protected Status; Other TPS Lawsuits Proceed

DHS announced that it is extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Haiti who already hold TPS. TPS allows qualifying individuals to remain and work lawfully in the United States until conditions in their home countries improve. The new extension allows qualifying individuals from Haiti to reapply for TPS and work authorization that will be valid until July 22, 2017. The re-registration period is now open and ends on October 26, 2015. Employment authorization documents held by qualifying individuals already set to expire on January 22, 2016 (and endorsed “A-12” or “C-19” under “category”), are automatically extended for an additional six months, through July 22, 2016. Employers can rely on the DHS announcement or Federal Register Notice for I-9 employment verification and reverification purposes.

Hunton & Williams LLP has received The National Law Journal’s 2011 Pro Bono Award, recognizing six law firms that “best reflect the pro bono tradition”  The firm was lauded as one of three law firms that led the profession’s response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Representing Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, a Hunton & Williams team — including attorney Suzan Kern and senior professional assistant Carol Schlenker of the immigration practice group — urged the Department of Homeland Security to extend the deadline for Haitians in the United States to apply for Temporary Protected Status, and conferred with USCIS to remove obstacles to the TPS filing process.

For details, please see the announcement on the Hunton & Williams website.

USCIS recently announced how the agency will implement the Help HAITI Act of 2010, which authorizes lawful permanent resident status (a “green card”) for orphaned children from Haiti who were paroled into the United States after the January 12, 2010, earthquake under the “Haitian Orphan Parole Program.”  For more details, visit the USCIS’s website on the parole program and its associated links.

On July 13, 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that Haitians who qualify for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) now have until January 18, 2011, to register.  The previous registration deadline was July 20, 2010.  For additional information on Haiti TPS and related advocacy efforts, see “Coalition of US Charities Launches Efforts To Support Long-Term Haiti Rebuilding” and “DHS Designates Haiti for Temporary Protected Status and Provides Other Haitian Relief“.