Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his decision to designate Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months based on the conditions resulting from the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, and the subsequent aftershocks.
As a result, eligible nationals of
Nepal residing in the United States may apply for TPS with U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Federal Register notice published today provides details and procedures for applying for TPS.
TPS designation for Nepal is effective today, June 24, 2015, and will
be in effect through December 24, 2016. The designation means that,
during the designated period, eligible nationals of Nepal (and people
without nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) will not be
removed from the United States and may receive an Employment
Authorization Document (EAD). The 180-day TPS registration period begins
June 24, 2015 and runs through December 21, 2015.
To be eligible
for TPS, applicants must demonstrate that they satisfy all eligibility
criteria, including that they have been both “continuously physically
present” and “continuously residing” in the United States since June 24,
2015. Applicants also undergo thorough security
Individuals with certain criminal records or who pose a threat
to national security are not eligible for TPS. The eligibility
requirements are fully described in the Federal Register notices and on the TPS Web page at www.uscis.gov/tps.
Applicants may request that USCIS waive any or all TPS-related fees based on inability to pay by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver,
or by submitting a written request. Fee-waiver requests must be
accompanied by supporting documentation. USCIS will reject any TPS
application that does not include the required filing fee or a properly
documented fee-waiver request.
All USCIS forms are free. Applicants can
download these forms from the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/forms or request them by calling USCIS toll-free at 1-800-870-3676.
Applicants seeking information about the status of their individual cases can check My Case Status Online or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833) at no cost.