North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre provides Free TPS application for Haitians

North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre has been very successful in providing free Temporary Protected Status (TPS) application assistance for many Haitian residents living in the North Miami area.


Under the leadership of Mayor Andre D. Pierre, the city of North Miami has provided Temporary Protected Status (TPS) application assistance drive for Haitian nationals who qualify for the program. With the support and participation of the Haitian Lawyers Association, city staff and volunteers, the city coordinated a one-stop shop for those seeking assistance with the TPS application process at the Griffing Adult Center after the success of the first TPS drive held by North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre.

Over one hundred volunteers participated in the TPS drives, providing the following services: application processing by immigration attorneys, photocopying and required photography services, as well as handling of the complex application submission, (including details such as proper mailing procedures) - all free of charge. By the end of the afternoon, over 350 applications had been processed through this program.

While helping applicants take their place on the line, Richard Champagne, current President of the Haitian Lawyers Association (HLA)stated, "This is an opportunity for the HLA and participating attorneys to give back to our community. Haitian immigrants have been suffering for a long time, and after the Obama administration granted TPS, it was our duty to assist. It has been a great opportunity to partner with the city of North Miami, given the concentration of Haitian nationals in the city.

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