On June 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) based on the conditions resulting from the devastating earthquake in April. Starting immediately, Nepalese nationals in the U.S. can apply for protection against deportation, the ability to travel, and the ability to gain a work permit. These protections will last through December 24, 2016, and may be extended further.  Applications will be accepted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through December 21, 2015. Details and procedures for applications are provided in the official notice, and on USCIS’ TPS web site.