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The Department of Homeland Security has said that it will terminate Temporary Protected Status for Nepal. The termination date will be extended 12 months to allow for an orderly transition.
Background: Temporary protected status allows certain foreign nationals to legally remain in the U.S. and apply for an employment authorization document following a designation by DHS that conditions resulting from natural disasters, unrest or other extraordinary and temporary circumstances prevent them from returning home. Nepal was designated for TPS in 2015 following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. DHS said in a statement that “conditions in Nepal have notably improved” and no longer support a TPS designation. The end of TPS for Nepal is expected to affect roughly 9,000 Nepalese nationals in the U.S.
In recent months, the Trump administration has extended TPS for South Sudan and Syria, but has moved to end the designation for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. The administration also announced that it would end Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberian nationals. A decision on Honduras’ TPS designation is expected in the coming weeks.
BAL Analysis: DHS is advising Nepalese nationals to prepare for and arrange their departure from the U.S. or apply for other types of visas during the 12-month transition period. Nepalese nationals who wish to remain in the U.S. during the transition period will be required to re-register for TPS and apply for employment authorization documents. BAL will continue to monitor the Federal Register for information about when the re-registration period to extend TPS benefits will open.
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