The U.S Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is officially extending the humanitarian protections for all Haitians citizens that are currently living in the United States and were affected by the 2010 earthquake.
Currently, there are 58,706 Haitians that are benefiting from this Temporary Protected Status. This status allows them to live and work in the country legally. They will now be allowed to stay in the U.S. under the extension. Current beneficiaries must re-register and also apply to get new work documents that will expire on Jan. 22, 2018.
John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security admitted there are strong indications that show the current situation in Haiti is improving, but it was still necessary and appropriate to extend the designation for another six months. It seems Kelly took into deep consideration many factors such as Haiti’s infrastructure, general health and sanitation conditions, the cholera outbreak, food security and also factors linked to the earthquake before deciding to extend the status.
He along with other senior officials of Homeland Security, added on a conference call held back on Monday that the Secretary has not yet determined whether he will extend the designation when the extension ends or not.
They added: “Perhaps another extension will be warranted in six months, but perhaps it won’t. Six months at a time in this particular instance is what the Secretary felt was appropriate given the conditions on the ground in Haiti.”
Build your new life in the U.S.