Technology Partnership with One Stop Portal Aids Applicants of Nepal TPS and Earthquake Relief Effort
CitizenPath announced today that it has reduced its application preparation fee for Nepali Temporary Protected Status and will donate half the proceeds to support One Stop Portal’s relief effort in Nepal.
The special pricing arrangement was created exclusively for members of the One Stop Portal community. Each time a supporter uses CitizenPath to prepare an Application for Temporary Protected Status using the special coupon code, CitizenPath will donate $20 to One Stop Portal.
One Stop Portal
One Stop Portal is a nonprofit created by Nepali diaspora in the United States with a mission to provide easy-to-access information about the Nepal earthquake and promote the relief effort. The organization was founded by several Nepali youth now employed at major U.S. technology companies or studying in U.S. graduate programs. Bikalpa Neupane, the lead founder of One Stop Portal says, “I immediately saw the need to coordinate relief efforts and volunteers, so I decided to come up with a website that consolidates everything in one place, for help now and to archive the results for future research and study. Our partnership with CitizenPath helps us achieve this goal.”
Nepal TPS applicants that use coupon code “SupportOSP” will receive a discounted price of $39.99. CitizenPath will donate 50% of each sale to One Stop Portal. Learn more.
The organization is led by the next generation of Nepali nationals that want their voice to matter – now and beyond this disaster. Nepali nationals from around the world can find out where and how they can get help by going to OneStopPortal.org. Likewise, volunteers and those that want to make a donation for Nepal earthquake relief can find more information on the One Stop Portal website.
What is Temporary Protected Status
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently designated Nepal with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to help the country recover from a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed more than seven thousand people and left an estimated two million more homeless. Beneficiaries of the TPS program:
- Are not removable from the United States
- Can obtain an Employment Authorization Document (work permit)
- May be granted travel authorization back to Nepal and other countries
An estimated 20,000 Nepali nationals living in the U.S. are eligible for TPS. The Nepali government has a limited ability to respond to this massive disaster, and the Nepali people need help. This is why Nepal was designated for TPS.
Who’s Eligible for Nepal TPS
In general, applicants must meet the following conditions to be considered for Temporary Protected Status:
- Be a Nepali national (or a long time resident of Nepal)
- Entered the United States and began living here by June 24, 2015
- Physically present in the United States since June 24, 2015
- Have maintained good moral character
Virtually anybody that meets these requirements and files by the December 21, 2015 deadline (or meets the requirements for late initial filing during any extension of Nepal’s TPS designation) can receive TPS benefits. Even undocumented or “out of status” applicants are eligible for Temporary Protected Status. TPS may be granted to applicants that are either undocumented or have expired visas.
TPS approval is not a grant of amnesty for prior immigration offenses, but it does offer protection from deportation during the TPS period and the right the work in the United States. During the period that the individual is covered by TPS, the period of unlawful presence in the U.S. will be stopped. That means that the time spent in the United States while a TPS beneficiary will be considered lawful for the purposes of adjusting status and avoiding inadmissibility problems in the future.
How to Apply for Temporary Protected Status
To file for Temporary Protected Status, eligible applicants must file two forms with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):
- Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
Even if employment authorization is not needed, the applicant is required to file to file Form I-765. In addition to the forms listed above, applicants must submit documentation to establish eligibility. Applicants will generally need to submit the following:
- Evidence that proves one’s identity and Nepali nationality
- Evidence that proves one’s date of entry into the United States by June 24, 2015
- Evidence that proves one’s continuous residence in the United States since June 24, 2015
- Two identical passport-style color photographs of applicant taken within 30 days of filing the application
- USCIS filing fees
USCIS filing fees vary based on age and request for employment authorization (EAD). To determine your USCIS fees, answer the following question:
- What is the applicant’s filing purpose and age?
- Initial registration and EAD request for an applicant that is younger than 14.A
- Initial registration (no EAD request) for an applicant that is younger than 14.B
- Initial registration and EAD request for an applicant that is 14 – 65 years old.C
- Initial registration (no EAD request) for an applicant that is 14 – 65 years old.D
- Initial registration and EAD request for an applicant that is 66 or older.E
- Initial registration (no EAD request) for an applicant that is 66 or older.F
- Re-registration and EAD request for an applicant that is younger than 14.G
- Re-registration (no EAD request) for an applicant that is younger than 14.H
- Re-registration and EAD request for an applicant that is 14 or older.I
- Re-registration (no EAD request) for an applicant that is 14 or older.J
All USCIS fees are paid directly to USCIS (with a check payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security).
How CitizenPath Works
CitizenPath provides an innovative online service that simplifies the process of applying for Temporary Protected Status. The company has combined the knowledge of experienced immigration attorneys with internet technology to provide a web-based service that makes it easy and inexpensive for Nepalis to prepare the TPS application. The service simplifies complicated immigration forms similar to how TurboTax® helps its customers with tax preparation.
“Our service is an exceptional solution for immigrants that have straight-forward immigration cases,” says Russ Leimer, co-founder and chief marketing officer. When CitizenPath does find that an applicant’s case requires the attention of an attorney, no fee is charged. In fact CitizenPath does not charge a fee at all until the applicant is finished and satisfied.