Help Haiti

FAQs for Haitians with TPS or B2 Visitor Visas

Go to MassLegalHelp for up to date information.

For information about loved ones in Haiti

Visit the International Commitee of the Red Cross' Family Links web site This web site helps link those seperated by conflict or disaster to find information about their loved ones in order to restore contact.

Please note: Due to the volume of calls to these numbers, you may receive a recording

Haitian Embassy:
(202) 332-4090

U.S. State Department: (888) 407-4747
Outside the U.S. and Canada, call (202) 501-444
U.S. citizens in Haiti can call the U.S. Embassy in Port Au Prince at:
(509) 229-8942
(509) 229-8089
(509) 229-8322
(509) 229-8672


Helping Children Cope with Disaster and Grief

Boston Medical Center
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Visit the Boston Public Library's Crisis in Haiti resource page at


Additional Resources


Boston's response:

Local Haitians struggle to help loved ones
(WCVB, Channel 5, January 25, 2010)

US offers special status to Haitian immigrants
(NECN, January 22, 2010)

Brockton area Haitians get help staying in the U.S.
(The Brockton Enterprise, January 23, 2010)

How to help Haiti
(Eagle Tribune, January 21, 2010)

Catholic Charities offers legal assistance with TPS requests
(Boston, January 20, 2010)

L&M Stores donates 10% of gross sales to relief efforts
(Boston, January 20, 2010)

United Way pledges $40,000 in emergency aid for Haiti and support for Boston's Haitian Community
(United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, January 14, 2010)

Cardinal O'Malley statement on Haiti Relief
(The Boston Pilot, January 13, 2010)

Cardinal O'Malley calls special collection for Haiti
(Boston Herald, January 13, 2010)

Mass. charities contribute to quake relief efforts
(Channel 7, WHDH TV, January 13, 2010)

Boston jumps to offer relief for Haiti
(Roslindale Transcript, January 13, 2010)

Menino rolls out info on Haiti response plan
(Boston Haitian Reporter, January 13, 2010)

Boston opens Haitian Community Center
(WBZ News Radio, 1030 AM, January 13, 2010)

Bay State Mobilizes To Help Haitian Quake Victims
(Channel 5, WCVB-TV, January 13, 2010

Outpouring of support for Boston's Haitian Community
(NECN, January 13, 2010)

Haitian F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship from the Jan. 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake eligible for employment authorization
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has approved special relief for certain F-1 Haitian students who have suffered severe economic hardship as result of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. This relief applies only to students who were lawfully present in the United States in F-1 status on Jan. 12, and enrolled in an institution that is certified by ICE's Student and Exchange Visitor Program. The suspension of certain regulatory requirements, by notice in the Federal register, allows eligible Haitian F-1 students to obtain employment authorization, work an increased number of hours during the school term, and, if necessary, reduce their course load while continuing to maintain their F-1 student status. F-1 students granted employment authorization by means of this notice will be deemed to be engaged in a full course of study if they meet the minimum course-load requirements specified in the notice.


US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)

USCIS would like to inform you of a recent issue raised by some of our stakeholders regarding EADs for Haitian TPS beneficiaries which have been issued with early expiration dates.

If you are a Haitian national and applied for Temporary Protected Status, you may have received an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with the expiration date of July 22, 2010. Approximately 320 individuals received EADs with an early expiration date.

USCIS is re-issuing extended EADs with the expiration date of July 22, 2011 to the impacted cardholders. You will receive the new card before the expiration of your current one. You do not need to file a new Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) or take any other action. Until you receive the corrected document, please continue to use your current EAD as proof of your work authorization.

When you receive your extended EAD with the expiration date of July 22, 2011, please discontinue use of and destroy the EAD with the expiration date of July 22, 2010.

For guidance and information on USCIS's response to the earthquake in Haiti, please visit For additional information, applicants may also contact USCIS at 1-800-375-5283.


US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a Fact Sheet entitled "Requirements for Supporting a Fee Waiver Request When Applying for Temporary Protected Status." It can be found on USCIS's website at: Questions and Answers about fee waivers can be found at:

Here is a link to the USCIS FAQ sheet regarding auto-extension of TPS beneficiaries' EAD cards. It contains information for employers and employees regarding documentation of employment eligibility and completing the I-9 form.

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