Re-Registration Period Now Open for TPS for Nepal
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Nepal’s designation who want to maintain their status through the effective termination date of June 24, 2019, must re-register between May 22, 2018, and July 23, 2018.
All applicants must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Applicants may also request an EAD by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, at the time they file Form I-821, or separately at a later date. Both forms are free to download from the USCIS website at uscis.gov/tps.
USCIS will issue new EADs with a June 24, 2019 expiration date to eligible Nepali TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs. Given the timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registration applications, however, USCIS recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive new EADs before their current EADs expire on June 24, 2018. Accordingly, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of EADs issued and currently valid under the TPS designation of Nepal for 180 days, through Dec. 21, 2018.
On April 26, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that the statutory conditions supporting Nepal’s TPS designation on the basis of an environmental disaster are no longer met and terminating the designation was required by statute. Secretary Nielsen made her decision after reviewing country conditions and consulting with appropriate U.S. government agencies. To allow time for an orderly transition, she delayed the effective date of the termination for 12 months from the current expiration date of June 24, 2018.
As a result of the delayed effective date, Nepal’s TPS designation will end on June 24, 2019.
Columbus Bhutanese Nepalese community partners Red Cross in Blood donation drive
The Bhutanese Nepalese community in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, May 19 held a blood donation drive to support the Red Cross in their efforts to maintain a strong blood bank.
According to event facilitator, Sudarshan Pyakurel, ‘over 30 people registered to participate in the exercise,” adding that we hope to make it an annual event.”
Also one of the community leaders, Bhuwan Pyakurel said, “I commend the efforts of the organizers of the event and I will ensure that more people are encouraged to participate in the exercise.”
Assembly of God Church brings Rev. Ashimolowo to Columbus
The Jesus Power Assembly of God Church, Columbus, Ohio has invited popular Nigerian preacher, Rev. Matthew Ashimolowo of the Kingsway International Christian Centre, KICC to its 2018 “Fire Conference” tagged “Transformation” and holding from June 4 to 17, 2018.
The host, Apostle Bismark Osei Akomeah told the New Americans magazine that, “the church is very delighted to have Rev. Ashimolow come to Columbus despite his busy schedule.”
According to him, “Rev. Ashimolowo will be speaking for three day in the first week of the conference which is from June 4 to June 6 starting 8pm.