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 TPS termination for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone May 21, 2017
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Posted on 09-22-16 4:57 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Sources - https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/temporary-protected-status-benefits-under-designations-guinea-liberia-and-sierra-leone-extended-six-months-orderly-transition-termination-may-2017

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is extending TPS benefits for beneficiaries of TPS under the designations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for 6 months for the purpose of orderly transition before the designations terminate, effective May 21, 2017. After reviewing country conditions and consulting with the appropriate U.S. government agencies, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has determined that conditions in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone no longer support their designations for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The widespread transmission of Ebola virus in the three countries that led to the designations has ended.

To provide for an orderly transition, current TPS beneficiaries will automatically retain their TPS and have the validity of their current Employment Authorization Documents extended through May 20, 2017. Beneficiaries do not need to pay a fee or file any application, including for work authorization, in order to retain their TPS benefits through May 20, 2017.

Although TPS benefits will no longer be in effect starting May 21, 2017, TPS beneficiaries will continue to hold any other immigration status that they have maintained or acquired while registered for TPS. The Department of Homeland Security urges individuals who do not have another immigration status to use the time before the terminations become effective in May to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible.

Additional information about TPS is available at uscis.gov/tps. Federal Register notices posted for public inspection today contain further details about the six-month extension for orderly transition before the termination of the TPS designations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Posted on 09-23-16 10:21 AM     [Snapshot: 545]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra case is different.. Haiti, Nepal ,Honduras are different (Natural Disaster).. I see Nepal's TPS getting extended for at least 10 years based on my analysis ( still after shocks, economic growth, inflation, blockade impact etc )
Posted on 09-23-16 10:34 AM     [Snapshot: 579]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Nepal Tps might last forever. As we know Nepal's condition is never going to improve.
Posted on 09-23-16 11:33 AM     [Snapshot: 677]     Reply [Subscribe]
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We all know that TPS will be extended for Nepal. But did you guys find anything interesting on above article. I am focusing more on keyword "Transition". Hopefully, people who are in doubt are getting al least some info from above article.
Posted on 09-23-16 12:17 PM     [Snapshot: 718]     Reply [Subscribe]
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In my research, there are multiple factors that affects the designation and extension of TPS.

1) The first factors is, the affected country should officially ask DHS to extend or designate (in out case re-designate) TPS. In our case, Nepalese embassy is doing great in this matter. Moreover, the relationship between country seeking TPS and the US government should also be very pleasing. Philippines also made petition to the US government because of the huge hurricane, but US government still did not designate TPS.

2) Another factors is the current condition of the country. The secretary of DHS should give reasons on extension, re designation or designation of TPS in the particular country. Otherwise, senate or other government or non government may question him/her.

3) Economic condition of the country also plays important role on extension and designation of TPS. DHS is extending the TPS for Haiti for the economic condition of the Haiti.

4) One of the prominent factors is, if the number of TPS holder is very high, it is very likely that the TPS will be extended forever. The main reason behind this is the economic benefit the US getting. See the Elsalvador. The number of TPS holder from Elsalvador is more than 50,000. So they are keeping extending it.

Posted on 09-23-16 2:47 PM     [Snapshot: 820]     Reply [Subscribe]
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@NepaliNajar= a well put analysis.

Would be nice to know how many of us applied for TPS last year? As Nepal meets 1,2,3 of your listed points.

GL to all of us..
Posted on 09-23-16 2:49 PM     [Snapshot: 822]     Reply [Subscribe]
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"Transition" is definitely the keyword in the article. So, TPS designated nations would at least get 6 months to re-adjust status if it is going to be terminated..
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USCIS has estimated that up to 25000 Nepali nationals can get the TPS status. That includes all the Nepali nationals who are in any non immigrant visa status or living illegally here in US land. But, all of them did not apply for the TPS. That could be because of lack of information or confusion about TPS. For example, if somebody with F-1, F-2, H-4 visa get TPS and TPS based EAD and started working, they will be out of status which was 100% wrong. People can maintain both status parallelly.

I have read from some sources that there are all-together 12,000-13000 TPS applicants. However, all of their application has not been approved yet. It's because they have not applied for EAD.

I believe that if DHS re designates TPS for Nepal, the number will be more and the TPS will be more and TPS will be extended for long term. 

In my view, the condition of Nepal and Haiti is similar, economically and the nature of natural disaster. DHS has also re-designated TPS in 2011 for Haiti. Hope, they will do the same thing for Nepal.

Ref: http://cis.org/Leaving-TPS-Doesnt-Mean-Going-Home

The above tables was referred from the center from immigration studies website. But, I can not assure the accuracy of the data.

Posted on 09-23-16 4:05 PM     [Snapshot: 910]     Reply [Subscribe]
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I think DHS will re designate in Oct and will subsequently only extend..
Posted on 09-23-16 4:39 PM     [Snapshot: 940]     Reply [Subscribe]
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@NepaliNajar = Haiti got TPS in 2011 after ~100,000 people perished (figure from Wikipedia). And ~ 9000 in Nepal. Do you think DHS will extend it?

@edipre = Lets hope..
Posted on 09-23-16 5:13 PM     [Snapshot: 971]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Hi Unicorn,

On January 2010, Haiti was first designated the TPS and after 18 months, DHS re-designated the TPS.

Casualties in Haiti was far more than the case of Nepal, is DHS still going to renew the TPS? I think you are trying to ask this question. In my understanding, there is not exact direct relationship between TPS extension and the number of casualties, and I believe that DHS also does not use such statistical model to make extension decision based on those variables. They just see the qualitative information.

Consider the case of Elsalvador, there was earthquake in this country in 2001 and the total casualties was 900. Still DHS is keep extending the TPS more than 11 times. So, casualties is not the primary factors.

In one forum, I read that DHS extends at least some number of times and they review the condition and make decision. There is not such evidence that DHS designates and then terminates in the first expiration date. That's why they will extend it.

Posted on 09-23-16 5:26 PM     [Snapshot: 994]     Reply [Subscribe]
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@Unicorn, hope DHS will extend or preferably re designate the TPS for Nepal in October. I am heavily rely on it. I was in H1B status working on non profit organization, but got laid off, now came back to F1 and applied for F2 and planning to work full time job from December using TPS EAD.
Posted on 09-23-16 7:57 PM     [Snapshot: 1101]     Reply [Subscribe]
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@NepaliNajar = 900 in Salvador and their TPS got renewed for 15 years and still being extended. Hope same will happen in our case too. Thousands of Nepalese are hoping for extension including you and myself.

I am in your boat. Had H1B but did not like the job. Got few offers but my passion and background is different. One offer would have helped me make fortune plus GC especially one with investment. However, I was dealing with some uneducated fool with money. One is still on the plate BUT have to go through mountain of a training and stress...not IT though. Kinda aligns with my skills but abundant stress. Money and GC is there BUT job satisfaction ... NO.

With TPS extended, work, save money and keep honing my skills and search for something that I enjoy to do ... money can't buy happiness... that's for sure..

Lord Help Us

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