Those who want to become citizens of the United States must first go through a lot since the immigration process…
- work permits,
- avoid deportation,
- can apply for social security card, and
- can apply for a driver’s license.
This program does not allow new Nepalese immigrants to come to the United States however; it simply allows the ones who were already here to apply for temporary legal status.
Temporary Protected Status is a program that grants legal status to citizens of particular countries based on country conditions. TPS is generally granted when the country’s conditions would prevent citizens to return safely or if the country couldn’t handle the sudden flow of returning immigrants. Examples are:
- An environmental disaster such as a tsunami or earthquake
- A armed conflict such as a civil war
- Any other temporary condition that could threaten the lives of returning immigrants.
There are currently 12 countries that have currently have TPS, and for some of them the registration period is still open.
- El Salvador,
- Sierra Leone,
- South Sudan, and
If you are currently living in the United States and have immigrated from one of these countries, it would certainly be worth going to the USCIS website and seeing if you can still apply for TPS.
Having TPS does not prevent you from obtaining citizenship or legal status in the United States, but it does not inherently grant it. This status simply allows you to work, live, and be protected in the United States for a predetermined amount of time. However, if you have a close family relative who is a U.S. citizen or green card, they can petition for your green card. In as little as six months in New Jersey you could be a green card holder.
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