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A father, child on his knee, fills out paperwork at a 2017 TPS clinic in Brooklyn. (Twitter photo)

NEW YORK CITY ‒ As Haitians recently released into the United States seek permission to live and work in the country, many social service providers have begun to feel overwhelmed. Especially as requests for Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, applications rolled in.

“We were already bombarded with TPS applications,” said Elsie Saint Louis, executive director of the nonprofit Haitian Americans United for Progress (HAUP), citing the July redesignation of TPS for Haitians. “A lot of the difficulty is that many of the people who were eligible for TPS did not have the money to fill out the application.” 

To help, officials from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) are encouraging applicants to take advantage of city resources that could lower the cost of filing a TPS application.

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.