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DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status for Nepal

On June 24, 2015, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his decision to designate Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, and the subsequent aftershocks. This designation will allow nationals of Nepal (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) who are currently residing in the U.S. to apply for temporary protection.

DHS may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely due to conditions such as:

  • Ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war)
  • An environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane), or an epidemic
  • Other extraordinary and temporary conditions

During a designated period, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries, or who are found preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases:

  • Will not be removed from the United States
  • May receive an employment authorization document (EAD)
  • May be granted travel authorization

The TPS designation for Nepal will be in effect for 18 months, from June 24, 2105 through December 24, 2016.

Applicants from Nepal applying for TPS must register within the 180-day registration period running June 24, 2015 through December 21, 2015.

Applicants must demonstrate that they meet all eligibility criteria, including that they have been both “continuously physically present” and “continuously residing” in the U.S. since June 24, 2015. Applicants will be required to undergo security checks, and individuals with certain criminal records or who pose a threat to national security will not be eligible for TPS.

For further information, or assistance in applying for TPS, please contact our office.

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