Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Designated for Nepal by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

The designation is for 18 months, from June 24, 2015 through December 24, 2016. Nepalese TPS beneficiaries have permission to remain in the U.S. for the duration and may apply for an employment authorization document and travel authorization. To qualify for TPS, the applicant must have been physically present in the U.S. since June 24, 2015.

An applicant may be a Nepali national or someone without nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal. Certain convictions, grounds of inadmissibility, and asylum bars render a person ineligible for TPS. The registration period starts immediately and runs for 180 days, through December 21, 2015.

On a related note, the period of initial registration for Syrian TPS ends on July 6, 2015. Below are resources that were gathered by the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN)

- The Federal Register Notice on the Designation of Nepal for Temporary Protected Status at http://www.immigrationadvocates.org/link.cfm?24428

- The application for Temporary Protected Status, which includes links to Form I-821, Form I-765, and instructions for the forms as well as information about the fees and which editions of the forms are valid at http://www.immigrationadvocates.org/link.cfm?22621

Other Resources

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides a comprehensive page on Temporary Protected Status (TPS), with a chart on the status of the designations and deadlines at www.uscis.gov/tps. USCIS also has instructions for online filing (TPS re-registration only) at http://www.uscis.gov/e-filing-i-821

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement to designate Nepal for TPS  can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/news/dhs-announces-temporary-protected-status-designation-nepal

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel (OSC) offers a flyer on Temporary Protected Status and the right to work at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc/pdf/publications/TPS_worker.pdf

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