TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE STATUS (TPS) GRANTED FOR NEPALIS
July 1, 2015
On June 24, 2015 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted Nepal Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the Immigration and Nationality Act following the devastation of the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake of April 25, 2015.
This designation will allow Nepali nationals currently in the United States to stay and to work until December 2016, even if their visas expire, without threat of being detained or deported.
During the designated temporary period, TPS beneficiaries:
Are not removable from the United States
Can obtain an Employment Authorization Document (work permit)
May be granted travel authorization.
Once a nation is announced as a TPS country, citizens of that country must apply within the initial registration timeline. For Nepalis the TPS registration period is June 24, 2015 through December 21, 2015.
If you file your initial application late, you must meet additional eligibility criteria.
If you are eventually granted TPS, you will need to re-register with USCIS during any later announced re-registration periods (assuming you intend to remain and work in the United States).
If you file your re-registration late, you must submit evidence of “good cause” for lateness, which will be considered by USCIS on a case-by-case basis.
If you are inadmissible to the U.S. for your past criminal, immigration, or other history, an application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility must also be filed.
SYED LAW can help those interested in applying for TPS. We can quickly and correctly file your TPS application with the necessary supporting documents. We can also advise you regarding any inadmissibility concerns you may have and prepare a Waiver of Inadmissibility application when required. We also provide experienced and knowledgeable assistance for other immigration issues you may be facing.