BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn lawmaker is holding registration drives to help Haitians in the borough apply for the extended Temporary Protected Status.

In May, the Homeland Security secretary announced that TPS would be extended. The extension allows the 48,000 Haitian nationals who already have protected status to legally remain in the country for another 18 months.

Many Haitians in the U.S. argue that it's not yet safe to return to their country after a devastating earthquake last year.

The clinics will be held on the first three Fridays in June from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 123 Linden Blvd. Attorneys will be on hand to offer legal advice free of charge.The new expiration date is Jan. 22, 2013.

Petition calls for protective-status extension for HaitiansBK Haitians worried about being ousted from U.S.