US Embassy warns Nepalis against fraudulent promises

KATHMANDU: The United States Embassy in Kathmandu today expressed its concern over recent media reports that some ‘dishonest individuals’ were claiming that they can help Nepalis enter the US and earn Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

“These claims are false, and should be ignored,” read a statement issued by the Embassy. “Only individuals who have been continuously physically present in the United States on or before June 24, 2015 and who continue to remain physically present in the United States are eligible for this status.”

TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status.

On June 24, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Nepal for the TPS in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake.

Eligible Nepali nationals (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) who are already residing in the US may apply for the TPS, according to the statement. For Nepalis who meet those criteria, the registration period runs from June 24 until 21 of December.