WASHINGTON DC (CBS4) – Time is running out for eligible Haitians living in South Florida to apply for temporary protected status.
The deadline is January 18th and so far 60-thousand Haitians have filed their applications so they can legally stay and work in the U.S. while their continues to recover from an earthquake and unrest from a disputed presidential vote.
Only those who were already living in the U.S. illegally when the earthquake struck 11 months ago are eligible.
Temporary protected status allows immigrants from countries experiencing armed conflict or environmental disasters to stay and work in the U.S. for 18 months.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said they expect 70 thousand to 100 thousand Haitians to apply before the deadline.
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