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I-134A rush: Haitians pile near immigration office to get passports

By Onz Chéry and Murdith Joseph

Amid a crowd of about 40 people in front of the packed Immigration Office of Cap-Haitien, a man wearing a brown shirt with a matching hat and jeans stood with his phone pressed to his ear on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 10.

“I have the money but I’m not sure if I’m supposed to give him the whole thing now,” the man said in Kreyòl softly.


Scores of Haitians are trying to renew or get their passports for the first time so someone in the United States can sponsor them for the I-134A program.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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Murdith Joseph is a social worker and journalist. She studied at the State University of Haiti and Maurice Communication. She first worked as a journalist presenter and reporter for Radio Sans Fin (RSF) then as a journalist reporter for Radio tele pacific and writting for the daily Le National. Today she joined the Haitian Times team and covers the news in Port-Au-Prince-Haiti.

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