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21 January 2010

A Message from Director Mayorkas

Our hearts are with you, the people of Haiti. The tragedy you have endured, the losses you have suffered, and the uncertainties you are facing affect us deeply.

The feelings we share with you are defining our actions. Today we launch this blog to provide you with one more way that you can learn about our Temporary Protected Status program. One section of our website, http://www.uscis.gov/, is devoted to the TPS program and the information there can be found in English, French, and Creole. Our personnel are working our toll-free phone lines from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. The number is 1-800-375-5283. We will continue to do everything we can.

On this blog, please ask us questions, raise issues, and express your concerns. We are here to help you in this time of great need.

Our hearts are with you.

Alejandro Mayorkas
Director

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50 Comments:

At January 22, 2010 at 12:49:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Sir,

Will we ever see again more EB3 cases approved than Eb2 cases. So slow in approving employment based cases.

 
At January 22, 2010 at 1:54:00 PM EST , Anonymous carlshusterman said...

Director Mayorkas,

Thank you for starting The Beacon, and for your humanitarian concern for Haitians residing in the U.S.

The USCIS Blog will help to insure a freer exchange of ideas between the agency and the public which it serves.

Carl Shusterman
Immigration Attorney

 
At January 22, 2010 at 2:00:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about the central americans with TPS? Are your hearts still with them?

 
At January 22, 2010 at 5:33:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have siblings in Haiti that we have no words on how they are doing. Mother is here legally, but is not a US citizen. Phone lines are not working. What can we do to reach our loved ones and posibibly bring them here care for them

 
At January 22, 2010 at 6:23:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Sir,

What are you going to do with the people allowed to come to the US to acompany US citizen minors? Why don't these people get TPS. They are real victims and need of humanitarian parole.

 
At January 22, 2010 at 6:50:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't the thousands of American families willing to open their homes and hearts to these dying orphans be allowed to serve as foster homes, with all appropriate supervision and background checks at the cost to the family who is willing to support the orphans. No use of government resources or programs is necessary, there is plenty of willing US citizens capable of temporarily supporting these orphans until formal adoptions or reunification with their families can be completed.

 
At January 22, 2010 at 7:15:00 PM EST , Blogger p said...

hello Mr.Mayorkas

if there any program fou U.S. citizens who have immediate family members in haiti

 
At January 22, 2010 at 10:27:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi!
There are a lot of rumors in Haiti as well as here in America about the US giving papers to everyone who needs/wants it. One of the other rumors is that if you are a US Citizen you will be allowed to petition 2 of your family members. Are these only rumors? is there anything similar to them to help US Citizen who have family members affected by this tragedy? Some of us need to be clear with what's going on, this is the reason why the Ambassy and the Airport in PAP are crowded, peple with no papers are blocking others who have them. I think if here is a conference about it here and in Haiti, it will help a lot of people at this point.

 
At January 22, 2010 at 10:31:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who does the Humanitarian Parole work for? I am a US citizen and I have siblings affected by this who have nowhere to live, can i petition for them under the Humanitarian Parole to get a visa for the time beeing unitil things calm down and we are able to fix our house?

 
At January 23, 2010 at 3:30:00 PM EST , Blogger Gio said...

What should those haitiens with a couple of misdemeanors do? Stay here illegally or go back to Haiti? They are haitians too and have plenty family in destress.

 
At January 23, 2010 at 3:38:00 PM EST , Blogger Gio said...

Once an haitian person is not under warrant and he is free,having a family here and he is illegal immigrant.TPS should be his salvation, so he can work and help his family here and Haiti.

 
At January 23, 2010 at 6:05:00 PM EST , Blogger nancy king said...

Sir,
Lets help the Haitians by teaching them the skills to rebuild their country. Take them home with contractors and engineers, pay them for their work, If interested in college credits, an internship could be given for nursing or counselors. their are endless possibilities, Let.s begin to think outside the box.
Be a HERO and submit this new idea.
Nancy King

 
At January 23, 2010 at 7:01:00 PM EST , Blogger p said...

Hello Mr. Mayorkas

please help us bring our family to a save place. i'm an U.S. citizen. My family is homeless, hungry,traumatized.I'm proud to be an American. please let me help them by petition for them under the humanitarian laws. Thank you for your time and consideration.

An U.S. citizen crying for help

 
At January 23, 2010 at 9:41:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To whom it may concern,

We have a brothe in Haiti , he is married has 2 children , Now they are homeless due to the devatation on 1/12/10. How could we bring him here quckly . Hos business has been destryed he has no way of earning a living in Haiti.
What can we do?

Regards,

 
At January 24, 2010 at 3:38:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a U.S. citizen. My sister and her two children are in dyer situation. I want to petition for them, but I am afraid the process may take too long. Will you make an exception for the people to expedite this process for siblings?

 
At January 24, 2010 at 9:33:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mother is a US citizen, she filed for my adult brother and the case was approved more than a year ago. Now he is traumatized by the this event and needs medical attention, Lives on the street with my older brother.Is there a way to expedite his case.HELP my Mom she is suffering a lot. THANKS

 
At January 25, 2010 at 12:41:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

good afternoon

I'd like to know if there's any program for someone who has a case pending . i have a case pending for my father in Haiti. but his house was collapsed and he's leaving in the streets which is not safe.. please let me know if i can get some kinda paper to go get him... he has been approved...

thank you
datboijay05@gmail.com

 
At January 25, 2010 at 2:43:00 PM EST , Anonymous Krishna Palagummi said...

Director Mayorkas,

Many thanks for starting the USCIS blog. It will help in improved communication between the Service, Attorneys, and Immigrants.

 
At January 25, 2010 at 3:46:00 PM EST , Anonymous Attorney Josaphat said...

The outpouring of support that the American people and others are providing to the Haitian people is overwhelmed. On behalf of all the Haitians, I am wholeheartedly thankful and grateful. I am also hoping that the immigration agents and representatives will treat the Haitians who are seeking this status will dignity and respect.

 
At January 25, 2010 at 10:01:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are there any visas being issued for Haitians that are sponsored by an American

 
At January 26, 2010 at 12:23:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a US Citizen, My mother is here, but not a US Citizen, one of my brothers is. I also have two other brothers and one sister who are not Citizen, but, longtime registered Aliens, a total of six of us in the USA including mother sons and daughter. What can we do to help our two brothers with our nephews/nieces and inlaws as evacuees of this disaster for the period of 18 months? They become homeless, jobless, etc. ..., we are able to feed them all for that time. Is there any help?

 
At January 26, 2010 at 7:21:00 AM EST , Anonymous JL said...

There are many US tax payers who have visas pending, for wives, children and other family members, fiancee, and loved ones, whom we are all worried about. Are we going to have to wait on a flood of Haitian cases before our cases will be processed? I have a feeling this blog will never be reviewed or comments answered.

 
At January 26, 2010 at 9:52:00 AM EST , Blogger Pamela said...

With the instructions on this page to find the Creole and French languages, couldn't these instructions be listed also in French and Creole?

 
At January 27, 2010 at 4:31:00 AM EST , Blogger HAITI MY LOVE said...

why can't the haitian diaspora adopt children from haiti as well? I know many haitians who are interested in adopting children from haiti what can they do?
I started the adoption process with a lawyer who is now dead and the paperworks along with the children birth certificates are also distroy. what can I do to get those two girls here. they are my nieces and they have been living on the street since the earthquake. can you help

 
At January 27, 2010 at 9:44:00 AM EST , Blogger USCIS Blog Team said...

@ Anonymous (January 22, 2010 6:50:00 PM EST)

Thanks for your interest in helping. Adopting a child from another country is often a complicated journey. We have posted some information here to explain the process and to help families make informed decisions.

 
At January 27, 2010 at 6:24:00 PM EST , Anonymous Paul Pierre in San Diego said...

While we are rightfully focused on rescue and recovery, it is important to gather a team of intellectuals from academia, skilled professionals, and other craftsmen from various countries, such as Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, USA, France, Thailand, Taiwan, etc. These experts would not only help the Haitian government formulate a long term plan for rebuilding, but also help draft policies that Haiti sorely needs. A number of areas, such as urban planning, border control, immigration control/dual nationality, fiscal planning, criminal justice, land reform, agrarian reform, either have antiquated policies or none at all. I am glad TPS is granted to Haitian nationals, but the Obama administration should lead a coalition to address the aforementioned issues, otherwise we will be putting a very expensive band aid on a gangrene and send the patient to status quo ante.

Paul Pierre, BPA, MS
San Diego, CA

 
At January 27, 2010 at 11:28:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir,
we are very thankful for all that every single country and American people have done for haiti with their help and their thoughts.

we all wish that petition for sibblings shouldn't take 10 years anymore. what about half the time or less. USCIS should work something out.

 
At January 29, 2010 at 11:27:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

for us citizens who have brothers and sisters they are applying for in Haiti.
will it be 10 years for them to get a visa number? or is there a special program

 
At January 29, 2010 at 8:15:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, thank you, Director Mayorkas for starting The Beacon!

I am a US Citizen engaged to a Haitian man (a Haitian Citizen) living in Haiti. I had planned to submit my K-1 petition after my return from Haiti this February. My trip has been cancelled and I have found out that my fiance's Haitian passport was lost in the earthquake. He had submitted an expired passport in preparation for our K-1 application. His passport was in the government building when the earthquake hit. Now it's gone.

How can I get him out of Haiti? Is it as hopeless as we think?

 
At February 5, 2010 at 7:05:00 AM EST , Anonymous sandra said...

I am a US citizen. I lost my daughter during the earthquake,leaving a 12 year old son behing. How can I get my grandson to come and live with me? He has no one else to provide for him and I am the next of kin.
SC

 
At February 8, 2010 at 1:31:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Sir,
Like most of us on this blog; I too have siblings in Haiti and would love to bring them here for the time being. I've already filed Humanitarian Parole for them a week ago today and I have not heard anything yet. Would you guys please, please give Humanitarian Parole to those who have U.S. citizens family members who are willing to provide for them? We just need some help, please help us help them.

God bless you and God bless the United States of America!

 
At February 9, 2010 at 11:26:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

my father had filed the paper works for my siblings who are in haiti. he died can I as us citizen continue the process to get them out of the street in haiti or do I have to start all over again. I found one of the receipt daddy had along with his citizenship application with the kids name. he was a us citizen when he died. please let me know what I can do to continue the process.

also
My husband lost his brother can he sponcer for the brother's wife with her children. or can we apply for humanitarian papole for them? we just want to get these people off the street they do not have anyplace to go.

 
At February 12, 2010 at 8:11:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas,

I am a woman Haitian Citizen. I arrived in USA with my family on January 21th via US Air Force with my family because my daughter was a US Citizen. Two years ago, my mother filed a Immigrant Petition for me and my family and the petition has been approved in the same year. Now I am in USA, I went to the immigration office, they asked me to wait 7 years before having a visa available for us. Now, I cannot work, I cannot do anything and now it is very impossible to go back in Haiti because our house has been damage and we lost everything. What should we do? Is the US government going to take a decision for Haitians who arrived after the earthquake from Haiti and for the aliens that their parents have filed an Immigration petition that has been approved
Thanks...
God bless America

 
At February 17, 2010 at 8:35:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good day Mr. Mayorkas,

Iam a Haitian/American woman who has been living in the US for almost 40 years. I would like to know if what I heard is true that a US citizen can request humanitarian parole status for a family member (first or second cousin)? I searched every corner of the USCIS website and could not find an answer to my question. Many of my family members are suffering in Port-au-Prince as a result of the earthquake, and it would be a great help if I could bring some of them to the US even temporarily.

Thank you for your assistance.

 
At February 22, 2010 at 8:30:00 AM EST , Anonymous Roman said...

Director Mayorkas,

Thank you for starting The Beacon, and for your humanitarian concern for Haitians residing in the U.S. Would you please tell me for us citizens who have brothers and sisters they are applying for in Haiti. Will it be 10 years for them to get a visa number?

 
At February 23, 2010 at 3:06:00 PM EST , Anonymous John Fanthorpe said...

Sir,
I feel it so important now that help the Haitians and teaching them the best ways and skills to start to rebuild their life.They should now possibly be taken back to there home alnd with skilled trades and trades men to retain them within their homeland.The saying catch a man a fish and you feed him for a day or teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time seems to come in here.

 
At February 23, 2010 at 7:13:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Director Mayorkas:

As an eligible Haitian citizen, I concurrently applied for Temporary Protected Status (I821) and Employment Authorization (I765) approximately three weeks ago. I have only received two receipt notices so far: one receipt notice for my TPS application and one receipt notice for my Employment Authorization application. Using the assigned case number on each receipt, I just went and checked my status online for each case. Since last week, the status of my I-821 (TPS) has been listed as Acceptance with the following information: "On February… , 2010, your fingerprint fee was accepted and we have mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case [However, I have only received a receipt notice as of today]. Please follow any instructions on this notice. Your case is being processed at our … SERVICE CENTER location. You will be notified by mail when a decision is made, or if the office needs something from you.... “ Whereas, my case status for I725 (Employment Authorization) has been listed since last week as "Initial Review" with the following information: “On February …, 2010, we received this I765 APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION, and mailed you a notice describing how we will process your case [However, I have only received a receipt notice as of today from the processing center]. Please follow any instructions on this notice. This case is being processed at our … SERVICE CENTER location. You will be notified by mail when a decision is made, or if the office needs something from you. ..During this step, USCIS initiates the background checks of the applicant/petitioner and identifies issues that may need to be addressed either during an interview or by asking the applicant/petitioner to submit additional information or documentation. USCIS reviews applicant's/petitioner's criminal history, determines if there are national security concerns that need to be addressed, and reviews the application/petition for fraud indicators…If you have filed an I-485, I-589, I-751, N-400, I-90, I-821, I-131, I-130 or I-765, you can expect to receive an appointment notice to appear at an Application Support Center to have your fingerprints and/or biometrics taken [However, I have only received a receipt notice as of today from the processing center—no fingerprints_biometrics appointment letter yet]. The timing of your appointment is determined by the number of applicants ahead of you that also need a biometric appointment.”



How will I know from the online Check Status page that the USCIS processing center has e-mailed me the fingerprints_biometric appointment letter? Other TPS and Employment Authorization applicants and I would be grateful if USCIS could post such time-sensitive critical information on the Check Status page . (A missed fingerprints_biometrics appointment may result in a denial, according to TPS-related information posted on the USCIS' website.)

 
At March 5, 2010 at 2:39:00 PM EST , Anonymous Steven Roby said...

Director Mayorkas, It seems that a large part of Chile is distressed due to several earthquakes. It seems fair to issue TPS benefits to Chileans. Steven Roby

 
At March 12, 2010 at 11:13:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does USCIS not have any SES male hispanics?

 
At March 12, 2010 at 11:13:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has any consideration been given for a Chilean TPS?
If not, can it be said that USCIS is fair by not doing a TPS for Chile and doing one for Haiti?

 
At March 12, 2010 at 11:17:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

USCIS Personnel in and/or going to Transformation unit need to transform themselves before they can do any transforming for USCIS. What is USCIS doing to get fresh eyes and new ideas for transforming itself? Is transforming just about technology and not personnel?

 
At March 17, 2010 at 8:24:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

funny, it's easier to get a greencard if you're a refugee, or on a protected status than if you're a professional waiting your turn to get a greencard. these poor people come in the country and would need help and be a burden to the US economy. taxpayers money would need to be use to fund this. but working professionals who pay taxes and contributing to the US economy don't get any preferencial treatment. They deserve to be treated fairly and not let them suffer for waiting too long for a piece of card.

I am not against US giving help to people of the world that are in need. But we, working professionals, highly trained foreign workers, who are contributing to the US economy need to be helped too. unburden us from uncertainties of when can we get our greencards, so we can finally have peace of mind once we get our greencard, and go forward from then on and become more productive residents of this great country.

 
At March 18, 2010 at 9:29:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there.
I am just outraged to see how many people from Haiti are saving their asses and to bring their familes. Nothing against tham, I'm like many others from the US arrived here for a better life & prosperity. But I'm not willing to say: Oh por people from Haiti and so on. No way, I'm a alien in the US & trying to get my Green Card to, but on legal way. US Immigration always been to blame on, for its soft hand for illegals. We the legal people are who paying, punished for being a law obaiding person, when the illigals are the one who USCIS encourage them to do more for not being legal. Till last year of 2009 i had a faith in the USCIS, when was just about to get my Green Card, and then I saw my number thrown back to the front line where I started 10 years ago. Guess when I will be 80 years old I will get my Green Card and by a 100 years old I will become a US Citizen. By then I don't need that when I will not be alive. Your predecessor few years ago was telling in the same place that the EAD's will be issued for 2 years validity, what happened to that? Did the wolf swallwed it? Or was just a lie coming out from a government servant paid from tax payers money? Why I have to wait & wait and again wait for a number to come up on the Visa Buletin? Why the numbers on Emplyed Base are not moving for 7-10 month in row? How many people should get old enough to wait to get their Green Cards? Or the US Immigration got more money in the pocket to pay to those people their pensions when they got old already when they will get something from USCIS. I want to work when I'm young and make my retirment, to be able to enjoy the life now, not then, because a Then it might not be for any of us.In 2007 USCIS issued two visa buletins in one month, first saying no Green Cards are avialable, and a week later they found about 250.000 Green Cards, because people with Visa Employmen base got on the streets and marched showing their disbelief in all the words what USCIS had to say. Since nothing changed, but the fees went up already6 times since 2000. How ebough is Enough? Wake up people!

 
At March 25, 2010 at 8:17:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a terrible thing that happen in Haiti, I have been to Mexico and seen people living in houses made of pallets. Been to Philippines and saw people living under tin sheds. Not just a few but millions. I have talked to people that have traveled to other nations that said the same thing about them. Why must we feel we have and obligation to Haiti and not to the hundreds of millions world wide that suffer so much. We must help, but not by bring thousands to US soil. We have thousands of building contractors out of work pay them to go there and help rebuild the country

 
At March 26, 2010 at 4:21:00 AM EDT , Anonymous jfj said...

And there is a deeper fear — a political fear. With President Aristide, the man the U.S. considers too radical for its tastes, anxious to return, there is fear that a possible revolt against the lack of help could turn angry and political. Hillary Clinton keeps telling the Haitians that we are their friends — but many doubt it. They know that Aristide’s Lavalas party is the most popular in Haiti and wants a more profound transformation than the U.S. wants to allow. It had been banned from taking part in scheduled elections next month, that are likely to be canceled now. Haiti’s president Preval is weak and dependent on U.S. largesse.

 
At March 26, 2010 at 4:27:00 AM EDT , Anonymous john said...

There is a tragic triage underway in Haiti thanks to screw-ups on the part of the US and western response, and in part because of the objectively tough conditions in Haiti that blocked access and made the delivery of food, water and services difficult. But the planners should have known that!

 
At May 8, 2010 at 6:43:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I-601 Waiver Application Timescales

Hi

I have been monitoring the USCIS I-601 Status Update PDF's since October 2009 as I am going through this process myself, however during the monitoring of these updates I have compiled a spreadsheet to make it easier for all involved to get a better idea of timescales and status than what the USCIS publish.

But if you look at the data collected over this 8 month period, you will find it interesting reading, because there are periods of time when nothing happens and other periods when they seem to be trying to beat a deadline.

The spreadsheet can be found here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5362871/Waiver%20Timescale%20I-601.xls

Just copy this link in to your web browser and it will open up..

What this shows me is the following:

1 - An average of only 1.2 cases completed per week.
2 - End of March must be important as several updates were issued before April began.
3 - Updates are sometimes issued with the following days date.
4 - Lots of periods when no cases get completed.
5 - Updates are not regular
6 - In the last 38 days only 2 cases completed
7 - The longest period without any completions was between 24th Nov - 7th Feb which was 78 days.
8 - Some cases are reaching way beyond the 15 weeks stated with no communication regarding delays to the applicant.

If I was running a department with the sort of figures that I have pulled from this spreadsheet, heads would roll, because how can you go so long without completing cases? without any transparency the applicants are blind as to what is happening and when somthing is going to happen.

Can anyone see what is going on, as we have no way to contact this department, no phone numbers are published or email addresses for this process to get any form of information regarding the status of each application.

Thank you

 
At September 13, 2010 at 9:27:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Ginekologijos Klinika said...

Mr. Mayorkas,

it's great that you are helping them!

Wish you great luck!!

 
At March 4, 2011 at 10:05:00 AM EST , Anonymous HSA Insurance said...

Director Mayorkas: Thank you to you and your staff for all that you guys are doing for Haiti. Please keep up the efforts and don't let them be forgotten. We appreciate it more than you know.

 
At October 13, 2011 at 12:17:00 AM EDT , Anonymous wasteking said...

I really welcome your endeavor behind this blog. You have successfully generalized the topic. It has made it easy for me to comprehend. I scroll through it almost every day. And thanks for updating regularly.
Best regards,
wasteking

 

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