4/27/2018 The Us Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal will be ending on June 24, 2019.
According to the DHS "The decision to terminate TPS for Nepal was made after a review of the environmental disaster-related conditions upon which the country’s original designation was based and an assessment of whether those originating conditions continue to exist as required by statute. Based on careful consideration of available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, the Secretary determined that the disruption of living conditions in Nepal from the April 2015 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks that served as the basis for its TPS designation have decreased to a degree that they should no longer be regarded as substantial, and Nepal can now adequately manage the return of its nationals."
I visited Nepal in November 2015 and the earthquake devastation was horrific. It is impossible to believe that conditions are anywhere close to normal now.
Nepal is the fifth country whose citizens have lost Temporary Protected Status since President Trump took office, meaning about 250,000 immigrants have been told they must leave the country next year, seek an alternative immigration status, or face deportation.
The humanitarian program has given refuge to about 9,000 people from Nepal since June 2015. A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the country’s capital killed thousands and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.
The original TPS grant was the subject of this blog post.
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.