Washington, DC – Amid the dark clouds of doom for immigrants looking for a chance to stay in the United States, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today (May 22) that Nepal’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation was extended till June 24, 2019, provided re-registration is done.
The USCIS said the current beneficiaries of TPS under Nepal’s designation who would want “to maintain their status through the effective termination date of June 24, 2019, must re-register between May 22, 2018, and July 23, 2018.”
Earlier on April 26, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen M. Nielsen had terminated the provision, announcing that “the statutory conditions supporting Nepal’s TPS designation on the basis of an environmental disaster are no longer met and terminating the designation was required by statute.”
Over a period of time, Secretary Nielson reviewed country conditions in Nepal and consulted with appropriate US government agencies and delayed the decision. Based on her consultations, Nielson decided “to allow time for an orderly transition and delayed the effective date of the termination for 12 months from the current expiration date of June 24, 2018. “As a result of the delayed effective date, Nepal’s TPS designation will end on June 24, 2019,” noted the USCIS in its statement.
To facilitate the process, USCIS announced, “Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documents (EADs), have been published in the Federal Register and on uscis.gov/tps.”
Submission of Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, is mandatory for all applicants. In addition they are asked to “request an EAD by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, at the time they file Form I-821, or separately at a later date.”
To avoid any scams and payment to touts, USCIS noted that both these forms are free to download from the USCIS website at uscis.gov/tps.
With the USCIS set to issue new EADs with a June 24, 2019 expiration date to eligible Nepali TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs, there might be a delay. Accordingly, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of EADs issued and currently valid under the TPS designation of Nepal for 180 days, through Dec. 21, 2018.