The Department of State has created a Haiti earthquake webpage, which includes a Person Finder that can be used by anyone looking for or having information about anyone in Haiti. There is also contact information to use with respect to the welfare and whereabouts of U.S. citizens in Haiti. The webpage is found at http://www.state.gov/p/wha/ci/ha/earthquake/index.htm.
On 01/19/2010, the USCIS issued an advance copy of the notice granting Haitians in the U.S. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the next 18 months due to the 7.0 earthquake that has devastated their country. TPS means that Haitians currently in the U.S. with TPS protection cannot be removed/deported to Haiti at this time. The final notice will be published in the Federal Register on 01/21/2010. Haitian nationals must register for TPS in order to receive the protection. The registration period will run for 180 days (6 months) and TPS eligibility will be for 18 months. Fees will be required for the forms, fingerprints, and for travel documents, if sought. Eligible applicants may apply for fee waivers. Please contact our office for further assistance.