April 26, 2018. WASHINGTON. The Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen M. Nielsen has determined that termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nepal. The TPS designation for Nepal will end on June 24, 2019 instead of June 24, 2018. It is advised those in TPS to seek other immigration benefits timely before TPS designation ends.
In its release DHS states that to allow for an orderly transition, the effective date of the termination of TPS for Nepal will be delayed 12 months to provide time for individuals with TPS to arrange for their departure or to seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible. Nepali citizens in the United States who benefited from TPS may still receive other protections under our immigration system for which they are eligible.
The 12 months will also provide time for Nepal to prepare for the return and reintegration of its citizens. During this timeframe, DHS will work with the Department of State and the Government of Nepal to help educate relevant stakeholders and facilitate an orderly transition. In addition to materials posted online, DHS components will participate in outreach activities such as teleconferences, town halls and roundtables to ensure that affected populations have a full and accurate understanding of their rights and obligations.
Nepali citizens with current TPS registrations will be required to re-register for TPS and apply for Employment Authorization Documents in order to legally work in the United States until the termination of Nepal’s TPS designation becomes effective June 24, 2019. Further details about this termination for TPS, including the re-registration period, will appear in a Federal Register notice. Nepali TPS beneficiaries should not submit re-registration applications until the re-registration period is announced through the Federal Register notice.
Note: This is a blog post by Adhikari Law PLLC and should NOT be construed as a legal advice.
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