Bradford H. Bernstein, president of The Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein, which has served the immigrant community in New York for over 50 years, is prepared to do anything he can to help qualifying undocumented Haitians living in the U.S. obtain Temporary Protected Status (TPS). With five Haitian workers currently on the Spar & Bernstein staff as well as many longtime Haitian clients, Mr. Bernstein has made the heart-felt decision to make the process as easy as possible by drastically reducing the usual $120 consultation fee to only $50 for Haitian TPS applicants.
“The Haitian people have been through enough,” Mr. Bernstein says. “I’m simply trying to do my part to make things just a little bit easier.” Mr. Bernstein urges Haitians who qualify for TPS to apply quickly (Note: Failure to properly file for TPS during the deadlines the US government has set could mean that you lose your chance to benefit from Haitian TPS. It is important to utilize experienced TPS immigration attorneys in order to ensure that your filing is performed timely and properly).
To qualify, you must:
1. Be a Haitian National.
2. Have been present in the US on January 12, 2010.
3. Properly complete and file TPS registration.
4. Meet certain immigration requirements.
5. File before registration ends. If you fail to file by the deadline you will not be eligible for TPS.
On January 15, 2010, the Obama Administration, in a boldly humane move, granted TPS to Haitians living in the United States as of January 12, 2010. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano stated “this is a disaster of historic proportions and this designation will allow eligible Haitian nationals in the United States to continue living and working in our country for the next 18 months. Providing a temporary refuge for Haitian nationals who are currently in the United States and whose personal safety would be endangered by returning to Haiti is part of this Administration’s continuing efforts to support Haiti’s recovery.”
TPS was created through the Immigration Act of 1990 wherein Congress established that the Attorney General may provide TPS to immigrants who are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country due to an environmental disaster, war or other severe temporary conditions.