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Temporary Protected Status Designated for Nepal

In the aftermath of the major earthquake that rocked Metro Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 25, 2015, the nation has struggled to recover. The death toll, initially put at 1,900, has risen to 8,000. In deference to the welfare of the nation’s citizens currently in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted Temporary Protection Status (TPS) effective immediately for a period lasting 18 months. TPS for Nepal began on June 24, 2015, and will remain in effect through December 24, 2016. In accordance with the designation, qualified Nepali citizens currently in the United States may submit their applications for TPS with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Also, qualified Nepalese citizens may request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) or Form I-765 allowing them the right to work in the United States. The EAD or work permit has no restrictions as to which employer may hire the person. In addition to Nepali citizens, people who habitually resided in Nepal prior to visiting the United States may also apply for TPS. While TPS will remain in effect for a maximum period of 18 months, the registration period will last only 180 days beginning on June 24, 2015, and ending on December 21, 2015. Those people wanting to understand more about TPS eligibility requirements may visit the website www.uscis.gov/tps, reference the Federal Register, or reach out to a local San Diego immigration law firm.

In the event of financial hardship, TPS applicants may request a waiver of the required fees by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. Alternatively, a written request for a fee waiver may be submitted. Bear in mind that an application for TPS that does not include the appropriate fee or qualified request for a fee waiver will be rejected by USCIS.

To learn more about temporary protection or temporary employment Immigration in San Diego, contact KS Visa Law at (858) 874-0711 for a complimentary consultation. Experienced attorneys Harun Kazmi and Cliff Sakata practice immigration law and can offer advice and assistance on a wide rang of immigration and naturalization matters.

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