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Sandy Pushes Back Haitians' Immigration Deadline

The lingering devastation of Superstorm Sandy has prompted the U.S. government to give Haitian nationals more time to register for extended residency and employment benefits in this country.

Fishermen arrive in a rowboat to Port Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Tropical Storm Isaac strengthened slightly as it spun toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti, but seemed unlikely to gain enough steam early Friday to strike as a hurricane. The storm's failure to gain the kind of strength in the Caribbean that forecasters initially projected made it more likely that Isaac won't become a hurricane until it enters the Gulf of Mexico, said Eric Blake, a forecaster with U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Temporary protected status for Haitians displaced by the 2010 earthquake in their Caribbean homeland was extended through July 2014.

Haitians previously approved to temporarily live and work here originally had until Nov. 30 to register for the 18-month extension.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services this week pushed back the registration deadline until Jan. 29.

Officials say that's due to "the impact Hurricane Sandy has had on regions were Haitians reside."

The New York City area has a large Haitian-American community.

Sandy devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, damaging or destroying hundreds of thousands of housing units and businesses.


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