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TPS - Temporary Protective Status for Natives of NEPAL

On April 25, 2015, Nepal was struck with a devastating earthquake. The 7.8 magnitude quake killed more than 8,000 Nepal citizens, injured close to 20,000 and destroyed 60,000 homes. Now many of the natives are living in tent cities, not unlike the tent cities in Haiti after their 7.0 magnitude earthquake. While our hearts go out to the families of the deceased and injured, there is some relief.

Less than two months later, on April 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the nationals of Nepal that have been residing in the United States before the earthquake can apply for TPS protected status.

While TPS does not grant legal immigration status, it does provide an avenue for those without legal status to obtain a work authorization document that allows them to work legally in the United States. There are currently 12 countries with the TPS designation, including El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Syria.

It is important to know some key information. The application window is only open from June 24, 2015 to December 21, 2015. TPS is currently being extended until December 24, 2016. The fee is currently $50. The charge for the biometrics fee depends on your age. There is also a separate cost for requesting a work permit as well. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has additional information online.

In all legal matters, it is best to consult with an attorney if you have any questions or concerns. The attorneys at JP Law Group are here to assist you. Call today for a consultation. (305) 615-1005 or visit our website at

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