Haitians in the Turks and Caicos Islands face Deportation

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government announced Thursday that they will resume deportation of Haitians who were there illegally. This will affect only those who came before the January 12 2010 earthquake.


The Haitians in the Turks and Caicos Islands have been enjoying special protection after the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees had urged governments all over the world to grant interim protection to Haitians on humanitarian grounds to those who had left Haiti.

Turks and Caicos Island has an estimated population of 32,000 people. There is a large community of Haitians who left their country in search of a better life for their family. The Turks and Caicos Islands Government says it deported 938 Haitians in 2010 and 611 in 2011.

How to Avoid an Order of Deportation and Legally Remain in a foreign country:

If you've been served with an order of deportation, you might be experiencing a state of panic because you've been asked to leave the country.

You need to act as soon as you're served with an order of deportation you stay within the law of the country.

Your first option is to request a voluntary departure from the judge assigned to your immigration hearing to keep the order of deportation off your record. For some countries like the US, you would have an easier time of returning at a later date.

In some instances, it is better for you to request a voluntary departure. You will be required to pay for your own plane ticket home, which can be a significant financial burden. However, it is the best if you know you'll have to leave anyway.

If you want to remain in the country, you can avoid an order of deportation by asking the judge to suspend deportation for a specific period of time. For example, if you're trying to finish a degree at a local college, you could ask the judge to remain in the country until you graduate. Make sure you present your case clearly and logically, with necessary documentation

In most cases, you can avoid an order of deportation indefinitely if the work you're doing in that country is vital to the economy of that country.

In most countries, if you become victim of crime or witness a violent crime, you are often granted immunity from deportation so you can testify at trial.

If you're working on research at a university, you might be able to stay until you complete your work. This has to be beneficial to the country or its citizens in some way.

Having a clean record is always helps. You can avoid an order of deportation if you are in compliance with traffic citation, taxes, and immigration paperwork.

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