Jul 12, 2010 12:05 PM by Melissa Canone
MIAMI (AP) - The deadline for Haitians to apply to legally stay
and work in the U.S has been extended until January.
Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas
said Monday that the government extended the July 20 deadline. The
extension was given in response to community advocates who said
many Haitians needed more time to file the paperwork and pay fees
U.S. officials say roughly 35,500 Haitians so far have been
granted temporary protected status. That allows immigrants from
countries experiencing armed conflict or environmental disasters to
stay and work for 18 months.
Only Haitians who already were living in the U.S. illegally when
the earthquake struck Jan. 12 are eligible.
About 55,000 have applied, and about 1,200 applications have
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