On June 24, 2015, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the decision to designate Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) based on the heartbreaking & devastating conditions left in the wake of the April 25, 2015 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.
What does this mean?
As a result of the designation, eligible nationals of Nepal residing in the US may apply for TPS. If you are eligible, you MUST register during the initial 180-day registration period – June 24, 2015 through December 21, 2015. Temporary Protected Status has been designated through December 24, 2016. During this designated period, individuals with TPS cannot be detained by DHS on the basis of immigration status in the US, are not removable from the US, can obtain employment authorization, and may be granted travel authorization.
If you think you may be eligible, please contact a reputable immigration attorney as soon as possible. While the initial registration period runs until December, it is recommended that you apply as soon as you are able. Please contact our office and schedule a consultation.
For more information on TPS and TPS-designated countries, please visit USCIS.