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H.R. 2033 (114th): Nepal Temporary Protected Status Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 27, 2015 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

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 ...


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2033

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 27, 2015

(for himself and Mr. Honda) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To designate Nepal under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit nationals of Nepal to be eligible for temporary protected status under such section.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Nepal Temporary Protected Status Act of 2015.

2.

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of the 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 subparagraph (B) or (C) of section 244(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)), pursuant to which nationals of Nepal would be eligible for temporary protected status in the United States.

3.

Designation for purposes of granting temporary protected status

(a)

Designation

(1)

In general

For purposes of section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a), Nepal shall be treated as if it had been designated under subsection (b) of such section, subject to the provisions of this section.

(2)

Period of designation

The initial period of such designation shall begin on the date of the enactment of this Act and shall remain in effect for 18 months.

(b)

Aliens eligible

In applying section 244 of such Act pursuant to the designation made under this section, subject to section 244(c)(3) of such Act, an alien who is a national of Nepal shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of section 244(c)(1) of such Act only if the alien—

(1)

has been continuously physically present in the United States since April 25, 2015;

(2)

is admissible as an immigrant, except as otherwise provided under section 244(c)(2)(A) of such Act, and is not ineligible for temporary protected status under section 244(c)(2)(B) of such Act; and

(3)

registers for temporary protected status in a manner that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish.

(c)

Consent To travel abroad

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall give the prior consent to travel abroad described in section 244(f)(3) of such Act to an alien who is granted temporary protected status pursuant to the designation made under this section, if the alien establishes to the satisfaction of the Secretary of Homeland Security that emergency and extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the alien require the alien to depart for a brief, temporary trip abroad. An alien returning to the United States in accordance with such an authorization shall be treated the same as any other returning alien provided temporary protected status under section 244 of such Act.