Temporary Protected Status for Haitians
On January 15, 2010, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that Haiti has been designated for temporary protected status (TPS). This means that any eligible Haitian who was in the United States prior to the earthquake in Haiti will be able to file an application with the Department of Homeland Security to stay in the United States for 18 months. Haitian cases will continue to be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis, but EOIR will take action, as appropriate, in cases where a respondent is eligible for TPS.
For more information, please check the following sites:
Department of Homeland Security: Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
Federal Register: Designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status