Temporary Protected Status

September 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Next week, it is expected that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will publish a notice in the Federal Register extending Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

The Federal Register notice will give guidance on:

  • the eligibility requirement for TPS;
  • Re-registering process if you have TPS;
  • date to file TPS applications;
  • Requesting an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) – the process
  • Six-month extension of current EADs;
  • Fees and fee waiver procedures and
  • other additional information.

You will not be eligible if you have not continuously resided in the US since Jan. 12, 2011.

USCIS also announced a new initiative to provide the Los Angeles Public Library’s 73 locations with Naturalization resources and training for the library staff.

These are some of the highlights of this new initiative:

  • Training for library staff on the citizenship process and the USCIS resources available
  • Creating different space in each library as ‘citizenship corners,’ which will have the citizenship material and resources;
  • Providing a list of non-profit groups providing citizenship assistance in the local community and
  • Giving access to library community rooms for citizenship and English language classes.

Los Angeles has immigrants from more than 140 countries who speak 224 languages. California has nearly 3.4 million permanent residents, 2.5 million of those are estimated to qualify to apply for naturalization. USCIS and the City of Los Angeles initially came into a partnership when they signed a Letter of Agreement for a two-year project. It was scheduled to end in January 2012, but the two parties agreed to renew it for an additional year in April 2012.

Another development in the USCIS front is ‘E-Verify Listens, an online forum where users can submit and suggest ideas, as well as vote for their favorites. The next six months will see blog posts about some of the great ideas and conversations taking place on E-Verify Listens. E-Verify is a free, web-based service that allows employers to confirm the employment eligibility of new employees quickly.

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