TPS Nepal

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Find information about Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people from Nepal. Understand what TPS is. Learn about the current status of TPS Nepal, how to get a work permit, travel, apply for other protection, and find legal help

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TPS Nepal is currently extended through December 31, 2022. This could change based on a court order.

What is TPS?   

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of immigration status for people in the USA. TPS is for people who cannot go back to their home country because of danger. These may include armed conflict, environmental disasters, or other temporary dangers. This status is only available for people from certain countries

Benefits of TPS  

  • You can stay in the USA legally for a set period of time
  • You can apply for a work permit in the USA
  • You can apply for a document to travel outside the USA
  • You will be protected from detention and deportation 

You cannot get any of the benefits of TPS until your application is approved. TPS is temporary. It does not give you lawful permanent status, citizenship, or any permanent immigration status. 

Can I apply for TPS Nepal? 

USCIS is not accepting new first-time applications for TPS Nepal at this time. 

Who could get TPS Nepal?

You must have met the following requirements to get TPS Nepal: 

  • Be a national of Nepal or a person without nationality who lived in Nepal for a long time before arriving in the USA
  • Have lived only in the USA since June 24, 2015
  • Have not left the USA since June 24, 2015

You may not be eligible if you have committed certain crimes.

Is TPS Nepal extended?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended TPS Nepal through December 31, 2022. DHS is required to continue TPS Nepal until there is a final court ruling. DHS may or may not continue TPS Nepal again depending on the court case.

Do I have to re-register if I already have TPS Nepal?

If you currently have TPS Nepal, then you do not have to re-register.

You must have re-registered during the following periods to keep your TPS benefits:

  • May 22, 2018, through July 23, 2018
  • Oct. 26, 2016, through Dec. 27, 2016

Can I re-register for TPS Nepal late?

If you missed the deadline to re-register, you may be able to re-register late.

  • You will have to submit a letter. The letter needs to give a reason why you filed late, such as serious illness. 
  • You can re-register online or by mail with USCIS under the Where To File section.

Can I apply for a work permit?

Work permits are available to people with TPS and are known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). It shows employers that you are allowed to work in the USA. 

You can apply for a work permit by filing Form I-765, Request for Employment Authorization.

Do I have to renew my work permit?

DHS automatically extended the EADs of current TPS holders. If you applied for TPS and an EAD during the last registration period, then your work permit is valid through December 31, 2022.

Can I apply for a travel permit?

Travel permits are available to people with TPS and DED. It is known as advanced parole. It shows immigration officials that you are allowed to travel abroad and back to the USA.

You can apply for a travel permit by filing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. Follow the instructions on the Federal Register notice when applying for a travel permit.

You can apply for a work and travel permit at the same time or separately.

What happens when TPS Nepal expires?

DHS will continue to extend TPS Nepal every 9 months until there is a final court ruling. If the final court ruling ends TPS Nepal, TPS holders will have 365 days before DHS could start deportations.

If TPS Nepal expires, you will have the same immigration status you had before getting temporary protected status.

If you did not have a legal immigration status before you applied for TPS, you may become undocumented. You can apply for another form of immigration status if you are eligible. 

If you stay without any legal status, you will risk the chance of arrest or deportation. 

Can I change my immigration status?

You can have TPS at the same time as another immigration status. 

You can apply for asylum, lawful permanent status (green card), or other protected status if you meet the requirements for those applications.

An immigration legal representative can help you complete your application and review all of your immigration options. Search for legal help in your area using our FindHello app. Learn more about finding free and low-cost legal help

The Embassy of Nepal can offer more information. You can contact the Embassy of Nepal at (202) 667 4550 or visit its consular offices in Washington D.C.; Baltimore, MD; San Diego, CA; Chicago, IL; Naalehu, HI; and Seattle, WA. 

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