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Temporary Protected Status for Nepalese people:
SAFE congratulates President Obama for providing Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from Nepal in the wake of devastating earthquake. As a result, eligible nationals of Nepal residing in the United States may apply for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The TPS designation for Nepal is effective today, June 24, 2015, and will be in effect through December 24, 2016.
TPS could affect up to 25,000 people currently in the United States without long-term legal status. The TPS designation allows them to stay and work in the U.S. until conditions in their home countries improve. Nepalese who have overstayed their visas in the U.S. or have visas expiring soon may now qualify for TPS and receive authorization to stay in the country until December 2016.
Declare Diwali & Baisakhi also as holidays for NYC schools:
On behalf of the over 1 million people living in this great city who celebrate Diwali, SAFE urges the mayor of NYC Bill de Blasio to declare Diwali and Baisakhi as holidays in the public schools of NYC. People celebrating these festivals live in large numbers in the city and their faith must be respected. South Asians number about 350,000 in New York City, and if we include the persons of Indian origin to this count, the number is approximately more than 700,000 out of the roughly 8.4 million. A still larger population celebrates these festivals and it is high time that these festivals be recognized in keeping with the respect we give to the diversity of this city.