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Free Legal Assistance to Haitian Immigrants in the Boston Area

 

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Clinics are held to help Haitians to complete immigration paperwork (Form I-821). Haitian employees and family members with temporary status in the U.S. (for example, if awaiting an asylum hearing) may want to apply for TPS. TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible Haitian nationals. TPS beneficiaries are allowed to remain in the United States and can legally work for a set time period.  

Who Is Eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a national of Haiti, or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in Haiti;
  • Have continuously resided in the U.S. since January 12, 2010 (day of earthquake).  
  • Have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since the date of the Federal Register Notice publication, and
  • Meet certain immigrant admissibility requirements, and other TPS eligibility requirements (See INA § 244(c), 8 U.S.C. § 1254a and 8 C.F.R. §§ 144.2-244.4.)
  • Satisfactorily complete all TPS application procedures as described in the Federal Register notice announcing Haitian TPS, the TPS application instructions (Form I-821), and regulations at 8 C.F.R. §§ 244.6 - 244.9.

What you will need to bring with you to these clinics:

  • Two passport photos
  • Proof of nationality 
  • Primary Evidence
    Passport (okay if expired) or Birth Certificate
    If primary evidence is unavailable, secondary evidence will be considered, such as National ID from Haiti with photo and/or fingerprint
  • Proof of date of entry to U.S.
    Passport; I-94 form
  • Proof of residence on and after 01/12/2010 (no spelling suggestions) for example:
    Employment records; School records; Rent receipts; Utility bills; Hospital records; Bank statements.
  • Money Order
    $470 for people between 14 and 65 who want work authorization
    $130 for people between 14 and 65 who DO NOT want work authorization
    $130 for people over 65 who want work authorization
    $50 for children under 14 years old

Telephone Resources

International Institute of Boston Hotline for TPS-related calls: 617-695-1639

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Help Line: 1-800-375-5283, live assistance Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 8:00pm

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Clinic Locations/Hours 

Boston - Downtown
What:
    Free legal aid to eligible Haitian immigrants seeking TPS
Where:  Mayor's Office of New Bostonians, Boston City Hall 8th floor, Room 804, One City Hall Square, Boston, MA  
When:   Bi-weekly immigration clinics
Phone:  617-635-4000

Boston - Downtown
What: 
   Immigration paperwork assistance (including TPS) to eligible Haitians
Where:  International Institute of Boston , 1 Milk Street, Boston, MA
When:   Extended hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00am-8:00pm; Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm  
Phone: 
617-695-1639

Boston - Downtown
What:   
Immigration paperwork assistance (including TPS) to eligible Haitians
Where:  Greater Boston Legal Services, 197 Friend Street, Boston, MA
When:   By appointment
Phone:  617-603-1808 

Boston - Downtown
What:   
Immigration paperwork assistance (including TPS), applications for Social Security number and state health insurance
Where:  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Haiti Relief Information Center
             John F. Kennedy Federal Building, First Floor, 1 Cambridge Street (Government Center), Boston, MA
When:   Monday - Friday, 7:30am-3:00pm
Phone:  USCIS Customer Service 800-375-5283

Boston – South End
What:    Free legal aid to eligible Haitian immigrants seeking TPS; offered by the Medical-Legal Partnership/Boston Medical Center.
             The clinic will be open only­ to patients of Boston Medical Center who meet financial and other eligibility requirements
Where:  Boston Health Care for the Homeless , 780 Albany Street, Boston, MA
When:   Clinics will be held on every Wednesday, 5:30-8:30pm, until the close of the TPS application process in July, 2010.   
Phone:  857-654-1000

Dorchester
What: 
   Free legal aid to eligible Haitian immigrants seeking TPS
Where:  Catholic Charities Haitian Multi-Service Center, 185 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA
When:   Saturday, May 1, 2010, 10:00am-2:30am 
Phone:  Please call 617-464-8004 to register in advance

Roxbury
What:   
Immigration paperwork assistance (including TPS)
Where:  ABCD Parker Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Service Center, 714 Parker Street, Roxbury, MA
When:   By appointment
Phone:  Please call 617-445-6000, extension 0, to make an appointment.

Brockton
What:   
Free legal aid to eligible Haitian immigrants seeking TPS
Where:  Catholic Charities South, 686 North Main Street, Brockton, MA
When:   Call for schedule  
Phone:
  Please call 617-464-8004 to register in advance 

Lynn
What:   
Free legal aid to eligible Haitian immigrants seeking TPS
Where:  Catholic Charities North, 55 Lynn Shore Drive, Lynn, MA
When:   Call for schedule
Phone:  Please call 617-464-8004 to register in advance 

 


This content was last modified on: 04/14/2010

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