Policy Memorandum: Implementation of the Help HAITI Act of 2010 [March 13, 2011]   [open pdf - 55KB]

"This memorandum provides guidance to USCIS [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] Field Operations Directorate (FOD) personnel on the vital aspects of processing applications for adjustment of status filed under the Help Haitian Adoptees Immediately to Integrate Act of 2010, also known as the Help HAITI Act of 2010. [...] On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck Haiti, causing widespread loss of life, injuries, devastating damage to infrastructure (including orphanages and government buildings), and the temporary collapse of the Haitian government. On January 18, 2010, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security announced a special humanitarian parole policy for certain Haitian orphans who were adopted or in the process of being adopted by US citizens. Requests for humanitarian parole under this program were accepted through April 14, 2010. This special program and the steps taken to allow these orphans to obtain Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status and citizenship are collectively referred to as the Haitian Orphan Parole Program (HOPP). Many HOPP parolees may be eligible to complete the immigration process through normal procedures under the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act) based on intercountry adoption. However, since some parents have not been able to complete adoptions in Haiti and some children may have already aged out, not all HOPP parolees are eligible under the normal procedures of the Act. On December 9, 2010, President Obama signed the Help HAITI Act of 2010 into law. This Act authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to adjust HOPP parolees who are physically present in the United States to LPR status. Applications for adjustment under this Act may be filed at any time on or before December 9, 2013."

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Policy Memorandum: PM-602-0020.1
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: http://www.uscis.gov/
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