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Texas Residents From Nepal May Be Eligible To Remain In the U.S. Under Temporary Protected Status

Father with scared childNepalese nationals who are residing in the United States may be eligible to remain in the country under Temporary Protected Status as a result of the earthquake that country suffered on June 24th, 2015. Nepal was designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on June 24th, 2015 by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Texas residents who wish to remain in the United States, and are eligible to do so due to this development, should contact an immigration lawyer immediately.

A tragic earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck Nepal on April 25th, 2015. There were also aftershocks and this disaster has left the region devastated. As a result, the Secretary placed Nepalese nationals on TPS. This means that during the period of protected status (which will last through December 24th, 2016), eligible Nepalese nationals will not be deported and such people may receive a temporary work authorization. Those seeking to remain in the United States under this directive must apply for legal status by no later than December 21st, 2015. Those applying for legal status will have to show that they have been continuously present and residing in the United States since June 24th, 2015 and that they can pass the necessary security checks. One will not be eligible for TPS if they have been convicted of a felony or at least two misdemeanors in the U.S.

It is important to note that TPS is temporary permission to remain in the U.S. with work authorization.  It does not lead to one being a permanent resident and does not automatically provide any other immigration status. One in the United States, on Temporary Protected Status, may, however, apply for asylum or other lawful status and doing so will not interfere with their TPS designation. Those seeking to apply should contact an attorney immediately.

Our Austin immigration lawyers are able to assist Nepalese nationals, currently in the state of Texas, with applying for Temporary Protected Status so that they may remain in the United States legally. We will work to ensure that your application is timely filed and help to ensure that the proper evidence is submitted with your application; if satisfactory evidence of your identity and presence in the U.S. is not submitted then your request will be denied. If you do not have the necessary documentation then we will take steps to ensure that your application is processed. This can include submitting proof that you attempted to obtain the necessary records and were unable to do so and we will draft the required explanation of why you were unable to obtain the records. Properly filing the application can be a complicated process. Our attorneys assist those in Austin as well as those throughout Travis County and the entire state of Texas.

We are also able to assist with an immigration appeal stemming from the denial of a TPS application. If you have applied, and been denied, then it is crucial that you contact a lawyer immediately as you only have thirty days from the denial, assuming you are eligible to appeal. Appeals can be a complicated process and it is not suggested that you attempt to do so yourself. We are ready to assist you.

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