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Help for Haiti: Haitian Refugees Encouraged to Attend Free Immigration Clinic

February 5, 2010 | Posts

Haitian refugees are urged to attend a free Temporary Protected Status application clinic Saturday sponsored by The City University of New York,  New York State Senator John L. Sampson, New York State Assemblyman Karim Camara, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Legal Aid Society and the Office of Temporary Protected Disability Assistance and the CUNY School for Professional Studies. The free event is set for Saturday, February 6, 2010 at P.S. 181, 1023 New York Avenue in Brooklyn.

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is working in partnership with CUNY Citizenship Now!, the CUNY School of Professional Studies, the Legal Aid Society, Medgar Evers College and the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance to provide free legal and administrative support for Haitian immigrants eligible for Temporary Protected Status by providing a series of three immigration clinics in Brooklyn and Queens.  Saturday’s clinic in Brooklyn is the second clinic; the first was held last week at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and the third will be on February 20th at York College in Queens.

Volunteers at the Brooklyn application clinic will assist Haitian immigrants in navigating through the basic eligibility requirements and the documents needed to apply for Temporary Protected Status.

On Friday, January 15th, President Obama’s administration announced an 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for all Haitians present in the United States on or before January 12, 2010.  TPS is granted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to individuals who cannot safely return to their countries of origin due to grave disturbances, such as natural disasters. TPS grants individuals in the United States the right to live and work legally in the United States for as long as Haiti is designated a TPS country. Attorneys and other legal professionals will help applicants fill out forms, advise them on legal issues, provide them with fee information, mailing envelopes pre-addressed to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office, and pre-addressed Certified Mail/Return Receipt forms.

Assistance clinics and all services, including photos, are free to the public.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847 as The Free Academy, the University’s 23 institutions include 11 senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health. The University serves 260,000 credit students and 269,808 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program for 32,500 high school students, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate degrees through the School of Professional Studies and an individualized baccalaureate through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree. More than 1 million visitors and 2 million page views are served each month by www.cuny.edu, the University’s website.