Temporary Protected Status: Nepal

Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Nepal

TPS Continues Through:

TPS for current beneficiaries under the designation for Nepal will continue, given that they have properly re-registered for TPS during at least one of the following registration periods. If you have not re-registered during one of the following registration periods, you should file now and explain your reasons for filing late.

Registration Period for People Who Already Have TPS:

May 22, 2018, through July 23, 2018

Oct. 26, 2016, through Dec. 27, 2016

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through:

December 31, 2022

Continuous Residence Date in U.S. Since:

June 24, 2015

Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:

June 24, 2015

TPS Designation Date:

June 24, 2015

Can I apply for TPS Nepal?

Unfortunately, USCIS is not currently accepting first-time applications for TPS Nepal.

Can I Re-Register for TPS Nepal?

If you did not re-register for TPS within the re-registration periods listed in the chart above, you may submit a late re-registration with a letter explaining the conditions which led to you filing late. USCIS will determine whether your reasons demonstrate “good cause” for being late.

When is Nepal's TPS Designation Extended Through?

The TPS designation for Nepal remains in effect pending further court order. It is unclear whether Nepal's TPS designation will be extended in the future.

What Happens When Nepal's TPS Designation Ends?

If a court ruling ends Nepal's TPS Designation, TPS beneficiaries will have one year before DHS may begin deportations. Once TPS for Nepal expires, TPS holders will have the same immigration status as they did before being granted TPS. If you did not have an immigration status before TPS, you may become undocumented and be subject to removal However, if you are eligible, you may apply for another immigration benefit.

Can I Work in the U.S. Under TPS?

Yes. TPS beneficiaries must apply for a work permit known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). To apply for a work permit, you must file Form I-765, Request for Employment Authorization.

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

USCIS is automatically extending through October 4, 2021, the validity of EADs under the eligibility category of “Temporary Protected Status”. If the expiration date on your EAD is one of the following dates:  June 24, 2018, June 24, 2019, March 24, 2020, January 4, 2021, or October 4, 2021, then your EAD is valid until December 31, 2022. TPS beneficiaries who applied for a new EAD but have not yet received it are also included in this automatic extension, if their EAD contains one of the expiration dates listed above.

Automatic Form I-94 and Form I-797 Extension

In addition to EADs, USCIS is automatically extending through December 31, 2022, Form I-94s and Form I-797, previously issued to TPS Nepal beneficiaries:

Beginning Date of Validity

End Date of Validity

Now valid until:

Dec. 25, 2016

June 24, 2018

Dec. 31, 2022

June 25, 2018

June 24, 2019

Dec. 31, 2022

June 25, 2019

Oct. 4, 2021

Dec. 31, 2022

This extension is only valid for TPS beneficiaries who properly filed for re-registration during at least one of the most recent registration periods which were from May 22 to July 23, 2018, or from October 25 to December 27, 2016.

How Do I Change My Immigration Status?

You can hold Temporary Protected Status and another immigration status at the same time. You may be eligible to apply for asylum, lawful permanent resident status, or another immigration benefit if you meet the eligibility requirements. The Law Office of Keshab Raj Seadie is ready to help you navigate the best next steps you should take in your immigration journey.

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