“There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.” --Dalai Lama XIV
Like much of the rest of the world, our thoughts and best wishes are with the people of Nepal. We have had the privilege of working with many members of the Nepalese community, and have found them to be among the nicest, most diligent, hardest-working people we've come across over the years. While many of our Nepalese clients have successfully addressed their U.S. immigration status, other cases are pending. Still others may wish to bring additional family members here as soon as possible, giving them a reprieve from the destruction and devastation of the quake, the aftershocks, and the deadly avalanches which have followed.First and foremost, we will be making a donation to the relief effort, and we encourage others to do the same. Just a few of the organizations which are helping on the ground in Nepal:
- The Red Cross - www.redcross.org
- UNICEF - www.unicefusa.org
Doctors Without Borders - donate.doctorswithoutborders.org
Please note that all visa interviews at the United States Embassy in Kathmandu are cancelled, through May 1, 2015. Updates and information are available at nepal.usembassy.gov .
It is also possible that Nepal could be added to the list of countries whose citizens and nationals are eligible for Temporary Protected Status, which permits "The Secretary of Homeland Security [to] designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately." Such a designation could help Nepalese citizens in the United States who are out of status, such as having overstayed their visas, entered without inspection, etc. Again, stay tuned to reputable news outlets for up-to-the-minute information.
For our part, we will wait to see how the earthquake and its aftermath impacts U.S. immigration law and policy towards Nepal. At this time, we are offering a free consultation to any person seeking immigration advice relating to a citizen of national of Nepal. Feel free to call us at +1-603-792-VISA (792-8472), or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
And may everyone impacted by this tragedy find their own strength and maintain a strong sense of hope.