Eligible Nepal nationals– as well as those who last habitually resided in Nepal– receive an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) through mid-2018. The TPS extension is effective Dec. 25, 2016 through June 24, 2018.
Current Nepal nationals who are TPS beneficiaries and who want to take advantage of the extension, which also allows for re-registration for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD), can apply through Dec. 27, 2016. The close of the re-registration period, which began on Oct. 26, 2016, ends a 60-day re-registration period for the status.
While the re-registration period runs a full 60 days, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) advises beneficiaries who plan to re-register to prioritize the task of filing the required paperwork. USCIS encourages beneficiaries to file as soon as possible.
Current beneficiaries who re-register can also apply for a new EAD. For those who complete re-registration during the 60-day window from October through December this year, the expiration on the new EAD is dated June 24, 2018.
According to the USCIS release on the TPS extension, current work permits for those carry Nepal EADs now automatically extends by six months the current expiration date of Dec. 24, 2016. These automatically-extended EADS are now valid through June 24, 2017. The automatic extension addresses the possibility that some recipients would not receive their new EADs until after their current work permits expire.
Current beneficiaries who re-register for TPS submit these forms:
- Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status (no application fee for re-registrants of this form);
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, even if the applicant doesn’t want an EAD;
The Form I-765 application fee is required for those applications who want an EAD. Applicants who don’t want an EAD must still file the form and should file a fee waiver request.
Applicants aged 14 or older must also include a biometric services fee, or they can file a fee waiver request.
USCIS requires applicants to include the required fees or the proper fee-waiver request paperwork and required documentation with their filings. USCIS rejects any application that doesn’t include fee payments are fee waiver paperwork.