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Big relief for Nepalese immigrants In the US: Homeland Security extends TPS

Purushottam Dhakal, LOS ANGELES: Thousands of Nepalese immigrants, uncertain of their legal status in the US before 24 December, 2016, received some good news on Tuesday: They won’t face deportation, the TPS is extended for 18 months, till 24 June, 2018.

The decision was published in the Department of Homeland Security website stating that the Temporary Protected Status, (TPS) for Nepalese immigrants has been extended for 18-months. The announcement affects thousands of Nepalese immigrants living in USA.

On April 2015, the devastating Earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000 in Nepal, the US government granted Temporary Protected Status,(TPS) for Nepalese immigrants, living in the in USA, for an 18-month period, effective June 25th, 2015. Today, the Department of Homeland Security granted an additional 18-month extension to the TPS beneficiaries.

New York based Attorney and TPS campaigner Mr. Dilli Raj Bhatta added, ‘those who already benefited from the TPS can benefit for another 18 months and its renewal process starts on October 26, 2016, after it is published on the Federal Register. Those who have been residing in the US before June 24th, 2015 but failed to take advantage of this relief will also be eligible to file now if they have qualifying reasons for not filing initially, attorney Bhatta added.

On Tuesday, two months before the expiration of initial TPS, the Homeland Security stated that Nepalese immigrants can reside and work in the US for another year and a half.

Nepal is the only South Asian nation to which the US government provides TPS. This relief has been granted due to the Devastating Earthquake that took place on April 2015. Though the special status protects immigrants from deportation and allows them to obtain employment authorization, it doesn’t put them on a path to citizenship.

Published Date: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 | 07:41 AM

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