Extension to Stay in U.S. Offered to Haitian Earthquake Refugees

Federal authorities are permitting Haitians who fled their impoverished country before and after last year’s devastating earthquake more time to stay in the United States.

Haitian nationals who were already living in the U.S. before the earthquake and who were granted temporary protection status can apply for an 18-month extension to remain, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday.

About 48,000 Haitian nationals fall into this status and their temporary protection was due to expire July 22, which was a “great concern,” said Maureen Kelleher, managing attorney for the Legal Aid Service of Collier County. Now they can apply to stay until Jan. 22, 2013. Read more …

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