Nepalese nationals were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in 2015 due to a major earthquake that created serious, dangerous living conditions and prevented many Nepalese from returning to their homes. Nepalese who received TPS have since been able to live and work in the U.S. by continuing to re-register their TPS and maintaining valid Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) under the category codes of A12 or C19.
On April 26, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that TPS designation for Nepal will end on June 24, 2019, allowing a 12-month transition period. The decision to terminate Nepal TPS is based on the DHS’s conclusion that the original condition on which the TPS designation was based has improved significantly; therefore, the TPS designation is no longer needed. DHS has yet to publish guidance on EAD automatic extensions or the timeline for re-registration for this transition period, but it is expected that an announcement will be made in the near future.
Employers Council will provide an update when more information becomes available.