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TPS Re-Registration Period Now Open for Haitians and Salvadorans

Friday, January 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Gurgone
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On January 18, 2018, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted updated information on their website for Haitians and Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). These individuals must re-register with USCIS between January 18, 2018 and March 19, 2018 in order to extend their Employment Authorization Document (EAD).  The Council sent an email blast with links and summary information on this issue to our members. 

At a time when our Commonwealth and our nation are already facing a serious home care aide workforce crisis, these significant changes to immigration policies are front and center for the Council and our members. 

This fall, the Council conducted a survey home care aides in Massachusetts funded through Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Below are some very important data points from this survey which illustrate the importance of immigrants, and in particular Haitians, providing care to elders and disabled adults throughout Massachusetts:

  • Nearly 47% of the workforce who completed our survey was born outside of the US.
  • Haitians were the largest immigrant group to respond to this survey.
  • 25% of our survey respondents were born in Haiti. Of those who reported not being a US citizen, 34% were Haitian.

The Council is working to plan for a presentation on this topic during our Spring Director’s Conference on June 7th.