The Nepal Temporary Protected Status Act of 2015 was sponsored by Rep. Al Green (D-TX9) as a congressional response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Nepal on April 25, 2015. It would allow nationals of Nepal that have been in the United States since the day of the earthquake to register for temporary protected status with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), allowing them to obtain an appropriate work permit. Temporary protected status would last 18 months starting from the enactment of the Act. Those with temporary protected status that need to leave the United States for a short period of time due to uncontrollable circumstances would be able to request permission from DHS to maintain their status upon their return.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Apr 27, 2015.
Nepal Temporary Protected Status Act of 2015
Expresses the sense of Congress that the extraordinary and temporary conditions caused by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake, its aftershocks, and additional damage in Nepal qualifies Nepal for designation under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, pursuant to which nationals of Nepal would be eligible for temporary protected status in the United States.
Extends 18-month temporary protected status to a national of Nepal who: (1) has been continuously physically present in the United States since April 25, 2015, (2) is admissible as an immigrant and not ineligible for temporary protected status, and (3) registers for temporary protected status in a manner that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish.
Permits such an alien to travel abroad if the alien establishes to the satisfaction of the Secretary that emergency and extenuating circumstances beyond the alien's control require his or her departure for a brief, temporary trip abroad.