Eileen Collins Bretz

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Managing Partner at firm Bretz & Coven, LLP

Serving New York, NY

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The tragic earthquake in Haiti has created a persuasive legal question for many Haitian nationals living in the U.S.  For that reason, Bretz & Coven is delighted and proud to offer “pro bono” legal services to Haitian nationals in applying for Temporary Protected Status.  Our staff speaks more than 20 languages, and for that reason, language is no barrier to our pro bono services.  We also speak Creole and French.

It is well known that the enormous destruction and devastation that was caused by this massive quake makes returning to Haiti not practical for the near future.  Out of humanitarian concern, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010.  This designation will permit qualified Haitian nationals to continue to work and live in the United States for the next 18 months.  It is reported that this particular status would envelop Haitians living in the United States illegally, as well as those Haitians who have been previously ordered to be deported from New York City or anywhere in the United States. 

However, anyone who has been convicted of one felony or more than one misdemeanor is not eligible for this status.  In contrast, convictions for minor traffic violations have no consequence on one’s eligibility.  The Department of Homeland Security supports Haitians to continue to live in the U.S. through these times, and those who are eligible, to apply for TPS.  In light of the above, Bretz & Coven is committed to offering pro bono assistance to eligible Haitian nationals seeking to apply for such status.  This pro bono policy is in keeping with our New York City immigration lawyers‘ extended history of trying to make a difference for non-citizens in the United States.

This pro bono policy is in keeping with our New York City immigration lawyers‘ extended history of trying to make a difference for non-citizens in the United States.  Temporary Protected Status (TPS) … would envelop Haitians living in the United States illegally, as well as those Haitians who have been previously ordered to be deported from New York City

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