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DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Nepal Nationals

In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck the country of Nepal in April 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offered Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Nepalese nationals on the grounds of environmental disaster. Most recently, the DHS extended TPS to eligible Nepalese immigrants for another 18 months. The extension takes effect on December 26, 2016, until June 24, 2018.

The government agency cited the devastating effects of the earthquake, which still linger to this day and affect more than 30 percent of Nepal’s population. The earthquake also destroyed more than 750,000 homes, displacing thousands of people and forcing them to live in evacuation camps.

Temporary Protected Status Requirements for Nepal

To qualify for Temporary Protected Status, Nepalese citizens must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be citizens of Nepal or an alien with no nationality residing habitually in Nepal
  • Submit their application during the initial registration or re-registration period
  • Meet the requirements for late initial filing within Nepal’s TPS extension period
  • Must be continuously present in the U.S. since June 24, 2015
  • Must continuously reside in the U.S> since June 24, 2015

Temporary Protected Status Benefits and Rights

Nepalese nationals who are granted Temporary Protected Status are protected from removal from the United States and can legally seek employment authorization documents (EADs), provided they continue to meet the requirements of TPS.

While temporary protected status is a temporary benefit that does not explicitly lead to lawful permanent residence status, TPS beneficiaries can still apply for nonimmigrant status in the United States. They may also file for adjustment of status based on their application under an immigrant program or apply for any other immigration benefits.

Nepalese beneficiaries under Temporary Protected Status who want to extend their status must re-file within the 60-day re-registration period running from Oct. 26, 2016 until Dec. 27, 2016. The 18-month extension period also allows TPS beneficiaries to file for new EADs, which last until June 24, 2018. To support seamless work authorization, EADs that expire on December 27, 2016 will automatically receive a 6-month extension until June 24, 2017.

If you or a loved one is a Nepalese national looking to apply for Temporary Protected Status, talk to the immigration law experts of Lyttle Law Firm and discuss your legal options. Find out how we can help you by calling our offices today at (512) 215.5225.

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