The Department of Homeland Security announced on October 26, 2016, that it is extending the designation of Nepal for temporary protected status (TPS) effective December 25, 2016, through June 24, 2018. The 60-day re-registration period began October 26 and runs through December 27, 2016. DHS urged re-registrants to timely re-register during the 60-day period and not wait until their employment authorization documents (EADs) expire.

DHS said this extension will allow eligible Nepalese nationals (and those having no nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) to retain TPS through June 24, 2018, as long as they otherwise continue to meet the eligibility requirements for TPS. The agency has determined that an extension is warranted because conditions in Nepal supporting its designation for TPS continue to be met.

DHS also set forth procedures necessary for nationals of Nepal (or those having no nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) to re-register for TPS and to apply for renewal of their EADs with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Re-registration is limited to persons who have previously registered for TPS under the designation of Nepal and whose applications have been granted. Certain nationals of Nepal (or those having no nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) who have not previously applied for TPS may be eligible to apply under the late initial registration provisions, if they meet: (1) at least one of the late initial filing criteria; and, (2) all TPS eligibility criteria (including continuous residence in the United States since June 24, 2015, and continuous physical presence in the United States since June 24, 2015).

USCIS will issue new EADs with a June 24, 2018, expiration date to eligible Nepal TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs under this extension. Given the time frames involved with processing TPS re-registration applications, DHS recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive new EADs before their current EADs expire on December 24, 2016. Accordingly, through the notice, DHS has automatically extended the validity of EADs issued under the TPS designation of Nepal for 6 months, through June 24, 2017. The notice explains how TPS beneficiaries and their employers may determine which EADs are automatically extended and their impact on the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) and E-Verify processes.

The notice is at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-26/html/2016-25907.htm.