PORT-AU-PRINCE — The price of a Haitian passport has doubled in the 10 days since the United States opened applications for its parole process to Haitians. Applicants and passport business owners say prices have jumped from about 15,000 gourdes to 30,000 gourdes, about $100 to $200.
"Right now, it's really difficult to buy passport stamps at the DGI [Direction Générale des Impôts] and accompany a client to the immigration service," said Mosenie Toussaint, owner of Mose Multi-Services. "Today, people are sleeping in front of immigration [office], since many of them are coming from the provinces."
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