Law firm holding meetings for Haitians seeking to stay in U.S.

Goldman & Loughlin, an immigration law firm, today announced a series of free meetings will be held on the topic of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians.

The meetings are the result of the Department of Homeland Security's statement last week that Haitian nationals who were already in the United States when the 7.0 earthquake struck, will be allowed to legally stay and work for 18 months, or longer with extensions.

According to managing partner Thomas W. Goldman, the registration period will run for 180 days, and applications could be accepted by the USCIS as soon as this week. To qualify for TPS, an applicant must prove Haitian nationality, residence in the U.S. on or before Jan. 12, 2010, and submit the proper forms and fees to the government.

In apress release, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said, "Those who attempt to travel to the United States after Jan.12, 2010 will not be eligible for TPS and will be repatriated."

Additionally, documentation such as a passport, birth certificate, and affidavits, all of which must be translated into English, must accompany the application. Fee waivers are granted in some situations. Employment authorization will be granted once biometrics are collected and a background check is performed.

The meetings, which are open to the public, will be held in Bradenton, Orlando, Naples, Ft. Meyers and Miami. To obtain details, call (407) 574-7024.