Mark A Ivener, A Law Corporation

Deadline for Nepal TPS Registration is December 21

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder that the deadline for eligible nationals of Nepal (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) to register for temporary protected status (TPS) is Monday, December 21, 2015. This deadline marks the end of the 180-day initial registration period. The TPS designation for Nepal runs from June 24, 2015, through December 24, 2016.

To be eligible for TPS, Nepali applicants must demonstrate that they meet all eligibility criteria, including that they have been both “continuously physically present” and “continuously residing” in the United States since June 24, 2015. They must also undergo security checks. Individuals with certain criminal records or who pose a threat to national security are not eligible for TPS.

To register for TPS, applicants must submit:

  • Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status;
  • Form I-821 application fee (or a fee-waiver request);
  • Biometric services fee (or a fee-waiver request) if 14 years of age or older;
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, regardless of whether an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) is desired; and

The Form I-765 application fee (or a fee-waiver request), but only if the applicant wants an EAD. If he or she does not want an EAD, no application fee is required. There is no I-765 fee for initial applicants under the age of 14 or over 65; these applicants may receive their initial EAD cards for free.

Those who cannot pay the fee may request a fee waiver on Form I-912, and submit supporting documentation.

Click here for more information about the designation of Nepal for TPS—including guidance on eligibility, the application process, and where to file.

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