An extremely beneficial information session for those interested in learning more about the procedure for the re-designation of Haiti Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is being held by the U.S.C.I.S. Newark Field Office on Friday, June 24th, at 10:00 am, at the Hispanic Affairs and Resource Center of Monmouth County, located in Asbury Park, NJ. As reported earlier in this blog, the Department of Homeland Security recently announced an extension of Haitian TPS for qualifying Haitians until January 2013.
Unfortunately, anytime the government announces some sort of program or benefit, predators come out of the woodwork, and it is a sad fact that many fraudulent companies or unscrupulous individuals have been targeting immigrant Haitians seeking TPS. Scam artists have been known to coerce Haitian applicants into paying exorbitant amounts of money for the task of filling out forms for TPS, which they are not even legally allowed to do. These companies end up leaving Haitian applicants unprotected and penniless. So, short of seeking an advice from a licensed immigration attorney, any Haitian interested in learning whether he/she qualifies for TPS might want to attend this hearing. At least, he or she will receive accurate and reliable information from the United States Government on how to go about registering, or re-registering.