Temporary Protected Status extended for Nepalese nationals

26 Oct 16

UNITED STATES

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended temporary protected status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Nepal for an additional 18 months.

Key dates and deadlines:

  • The extension is effective Dec. 25 and will run until June 24, 2018.
  • Current Nepalese nationals holding TPS must re-register for the status during the 60-day period running from Oct.26, 2016 through Dec. 27, 2016.
  • Individuals who re-register during the above period and request a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) will receive one with an expiration date of June 24, 2018.
  • Existing EADs of current Nepalese TPS holders will automatically be valid until June 24, 2017 to avoid expiration before re-registrants receive their new documents.

Background: Johnson originally designated Nepal for TPS due to a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred April 25, 2015 and has determined that the country continues to suffer in the aftermath as most of the damage to homes, schools and hospitals has not been repaired.

BAL Analysis: Individuals eligible to re-register are encouraged to do so as early as possible during the 60-day period. Employers should be aware of the automatic extension of EADs for existing holders of Nepal TPS for Form I-9 purposes.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact BerryApplemanLeiden@balglobal.com.

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