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Temporary Protected Status for Haitian Nationals

On January 21, 2010, the United States Secretary of Homeland Security designated Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) relief in response to the severe impact and aftermath of the earthquake that struck near the country's capital on January 12, 2010. TPS for Haitian nationals will be effective for 18 months beginning January 21, 2010 through July 22, 2011. Whether this period will be extended beyond the 18 months will be determined closer to the expiration of this timeframe.

Although TPS is not a measure that leads to legal permanent residence in the United States, TPS allows nationals of the affected country to apply for temporary stay and work authorization in the United States. Foreign nationals in this status are not barred from pursuing other immigration options that may be available to them under the law.

Dinsmore & Shohl's Immigration Practice Group has summarized the filing process and provided further information about the TPS process here.

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Jacob Manning advises businesses and individuals in a variety of business transactions, both domestic and cross-border. He drafts and reviews contracts, particularly those involving sales of goods, distributorships and licensing, and construction, vendor and service contracts on behalf of boards of education and other public entities. When clients are negotiating a contract, Jacob also provides advice about payment, including guarantees and letters of credit. Should a dispute arise, he represents clients both before US courts and in arbitration subject to international...

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