Bill in Congress seeks temporary protected status for Pakistanis

A bill has been introduced in the US Congress to allow temporary protected status for qualifying Pakistani nationals in America on account of the situation and hardships created in Pakistan by last year’s floods.

The Pakistani Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Act of 2011, sponsored by Democratic Congressman Al Green, has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

The measure seeks to designate Pakistan as a TPS-eligible country and sets forth related TPS eligibility requirements, including continuous US presence since July 22, 2010. The initial period of such designation shall begin on the date of the enactment of this act and shall remain in effect for 12 months.