December 21, 2015 is the deadline to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal. USCIS strongly encourages eligible nationals of Nepal (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) to apply as soon as possible.

USCIS has been accepting applications for TPS Nepal since June 24, when Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson designated Nepal for TPS for 18 months. He made this designation based on the conditions resulting from the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, and the subsequent aftershocks.

The designation means that, through Dec. 24, 2016, eligible nationals of Nepal (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) will not be removed from the United States and may receive an employment authorization document (EAD).

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for TPS, applicants must demonstrate that they satisfy all eligibility criteria, including that they have been both “continuously physically present” and “continuously residing” in the United States since June 24, 2015. Applicants also undergo thorough security checks. Individuals with certain criminal records or who pose a threat to national security are not eligible for TPS. The eligibility requirements are fully described in the Federal Register notice and on the TPS Web page at www.uscis.gov/tps.

 

Fees and Fee Waivers

Applicants may request that USCIS waive any or all TPS-related fees based on inability to pay by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a written request. They must also submit supporting documentation with their fee-waiver requests. USCIS will reject any TPS application that does not include the required filing fee or a properly documented fee-waiver request.

All USCIS forms are free. Applicants can download these forms from the USCIS website atwww.uscis.gov/forms or request them by calling USCIS toll-free at 1-800-870-3676.

Additional information about TPS for Nepal —including guidance on eligibility, the application process and where to file—is available at uscis.gov/tps.