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Termination of Nepal TPS Will Hamper the Recovery Effort

Thursday, April 26, 2018   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release, April 26, 2018


Termination of Nepal TPS Will Hamper the Recovery Effort


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today that it would end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal effective June 24, 2019. The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) is disappointed in this decision. Thousands of Nepali citizens were able to provide support for their families in Nepal as they recovered from the devastating 2015 earthquake as a result of the TPS. Along with other organizations, SABA had advocated a full extension of the TPS for Nepal, rather than a sunsetting period, as the recovery effort in Nepal still has a long way to go.


"SABA is disappointed that the administration has chosen not to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal. Much of the devastation in the wake of the 2015 earthquake remains, and the abrupt return of thousands of Nepali citizens will further hamper the recovery effort by adding to people and subtracting financial support. Nine thousand Nepali citizens potentially face deportation with the termination of TPS," said President Rishi Bagga.


Those individuals currently in the United States under the existing TPS must re-register in a timely manner to benefit from the extension. Reregistration details will be published shortly in the federal register. We also encourage TPS recipients to seek legal counsel as they may be eligible for a change of legal status in the United States. They should seek legal counsel on the range of legal remedies available to them.


SABA North America (formerly NASABA/North American South Asian Bar Association) is a voluntary bar organization and serves as an umbrella organization to 26 chapters in the United States and Canada. SABA North America is a recognized forum for professional growth and advancement for South Asian attorneys in North America and seeks to protect the rights and liberties of the South Asian community across the continent. Learn more at


Aneesh Mehta 

Vice President of Public Relations

South Asian Bar Association of North America