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Deportation looms for 143,000 Haitians whose permits expire

Santo Domingo.- This year will expire the provisional permits issued to the 143,000 mostly Haitian foreigners who failed to submit the required documents for the government’s program to give them a permanent resident status, which must be renewed every two years.

Dozens of Haitians on Tuesday staged a protest in front of the Haitian embassy in Santo Domingo, claiming they weren’t able to complete the papers because their government had yet to issue their passports, despite having paid RD$1,000 in advance.

“I have the receipt for 5,000 pesos that I gave them (the embassy) for my passport and four companions. So far I have not received one piece of paper,” said Frandy Norgaisse, one of the protesters.

“This is an abuse of the Haitian government against us,” said Linda Metelié, who apart from the 1,000 pesos for the passport, she’s already spent twice that in fares to the embassy to retrieve her document.

Deportation looms

The permits issued to the 143,000 foreigners will start expiring from July 17 to December this year, when they risk repatriation to their country if they fail to complete the renewal documents.

Source: DT

July 6, 2016

Category: DR News |

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