A bill has been introduced in the 112th U.S. Congress to allow temporary protected status for qualifying Pakistani nationals in America on account of the situation and hardships created in Pakistan by last years floods. The Pakistani Temporary Protected Status Act of 2011, sponsored by Democratic Congressman Al-Green, has been referred to the House committee on the Judiciary. The measure seeks to designates Pakistan as a TPS-eligible country and sets forth related TPS eligibility requirements, including continuous U.S. 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. Welcoming the move, the Pakistani Embassy in Washington voiced the hope that Congress would be able to take action on this important matter and help ease the situation of a large number of Pakistanis living in the United States. The Pakistan Embassy under the guidance of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the leadership of Ambassador Husain Haqqani advocated strongly for grant of Temporary Protected Status to Pakistani nationals in the United States and has taken up the matter with the American authorities in several meetings, the embassy officials said.