Haitians waiting in front of the Immigration Office of Cap-Haitien to receive service on Jan. 10, 2023. Photo by Onz Chéry for The Haitian Times
Haitians waiting in front of the Immigration Office of Cap-Haitien to receive service on Jan. 10, 2023. Photo by Onz Chéry for The Haitian Times

Amid a crowd of about 40 people in front of the packed Immigration Office of Cap-Haitien, a man wearing a brown shirt with a matching hat and jeans stood with his phone pressed to his ear on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 10.

"I have the money but I'm not sure if I'm supposed to give him the whole thing now," the man said in Kreyòl softly.

The man is one of scores of Haitians rushing to get their passports so someone can sponsor them to come to the United States via the I-134A program that the Biden administration launched last week.

Overview:

Scores of Haitians are trying to renew or get their passports for the first time so someone in the United States can sponsor them for the I-134A program.

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Email me at onz@haitiantimes.com
Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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Murdith Joseph is a social worker and journalist. She studied at the State University of Haiti and Maurice Communication. She first worked as a journalist presenter and reporter for Radio Sans Fin (RSF) then as a journalist reporter for Radio tele pacific and writting for the daily Le National. Today she joined the Haitian Times team and covers the news in Port-Au-Prince-Haiti.