USCIS recently announced that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal, who want to maintain their status through the termination date of June 24, 2019, must re-register for TPS between May 22, 2018 and July 23, 2018. For eligible TPS beneficiaries from Nepal, you will be issued a new EAD with a June 24, 2019 expiration date if you timely re-register and apply for a new EAD. However, given that the new EAD may not be processed by the time the current EAD expires, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of EADs issued and currently valid under the TPS designation of Nepal for 180 days, until December 21, 2018.
Under current federal regulations, the Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for Temporary Protected Status due to certain conditions such as ongoing armed conflict like a civil war, a natural disaster such as flood or earthquake, an epidemic, or any other extraordinary and temporary condition. These conditions in the country may prevent the country’s citizens from returning safely or it is possible that the country is unable to handle the return of its citizens. Individuals from TPS-designated countries who are already in the U.S. may be entitled to temporarily remain in the United States. Once they are granted TPS status, they are not removable from the U.S., can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD), and may be granted travel authorization. However, as this is a temporary benefit, it does not lead to lawful permanent residence. A TPS beneficiary may qualify for a nonimmigrant visa, file for adjustment of status based on an immigrant petition, or apply for any other immigration benefit for which they may be eligible.
If you have any questions about TPS, please contact VERMA Law Firm and speak to an experienced immigration attorney to discuss your potential eligibility.