The Department of Homeland Security has designated the country of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) effective for an 18 month period – June 24, 2015 through December 24, 2016. The registration period begins June 24, 2015 through December 21, 2015. DHS determined that the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 resulted in a substantial (but temporary) disruption of living conditions in Nepal. It determined that Nepal is unable to handle, temporarily, the return of Nepalese nationals to their home country.
To qualify for TPS status, Nepalese nationals must meet certain criteria. The applicants must be nationals of Nepal (or foreign nationals who have no nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal). TPS applicants must also show they:
- continuously resided in the United States on June 24, 2015 and
- continuously physically present in the U.S. since June 24, 2015.
Individuals must apply for TPS status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) between a certain period of time. The registration period begins June 24, 2015 and the last day to apply is on December 21, 2015. TPS applicants must apply during this time period to be considered.
TPS is not permanent residence nor does it lead to permanent resident status! During the 18 months that TPS is issued, individuals who receive TPS will be allowed to remain in the United States (and may not be removed from the U.S.). Work authorization is also issued. Thus, they may live and work with permission without the fear of being removed from the United States.
If you believe you qualify for TPS status, The Ponce Law Office will be glad to provide you with more information on the TPS process, and answer all your questions. Please schedule an appointment with us at (972)863-1446.