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U.S. Grants Nepalis Temporary Protected Status Post-Nepal Earthquake

Due to the devastating 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake on April 25, 2015, which killed more than 8,800 people, injured over 23,000, and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless among the wreckage, the Department of Homeland Security has designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status under Section 244(b)(1)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

On June 24, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the Secretary of Homeland Security designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective June 24, 2015 through December 24, 2016.

Under this designation, Nepal nationals who have been in the United States since June 24, 2015 are to be granted TPS.

If an individual believes that they qualify for TPS under this designation, they may apply within the 180-day registration period, which runs from June 24, 2015 through December 21, 2015.

Those eligible for TPS may also apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) and travel authorization with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Under this designation, anywhere from 10,000 to 25,000 Nepali nationals who are residing in the United States may stay and work through December of 2016. Even if their visas expire, they will not be in threat of deportation.

Other countries that have been granted TPS in the past due to environmental disasters and other tumultuous conditions, include Syria, Haiti, Honduras, and El Salvador.

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For more information about Temporary Protected Status for Nepal nationals, please contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm. We can answer your questions and help you or your family member apply for Temporary Protected Status with the USCIS.

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