Syrians given US immigration temporary protection status - Global Visas

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The US immigration department has given Syrians ‘temporary protection status’, according to a report by Global Visas.

This status will allow them to remain living in the US past their US visa time frame as it will be too dangerous for them to return home.

Janet Napolitano, the US Secretary of Homeland Security, stated, "Conditions in Syria have worsened to the point where Syrian nationals already in the United States would face serious threats to their personal safety if they were to return."

The beneficiaries of the new status will be able to work in the US and remain living there on temporary US visas. They will be required to register for the visa and a number of eligibility rules will apply. More details of these restrictions will be issued next week. Global Visas explain that under the scheme, Syrians will be protected from deportation even if they are currently living in the US illegally.

The decision has been made after a number of requests from lawmakers such as Dick Durbin, who called Syria "one of the most violent places on earth."

In the 2010 fiscal year, which is the most recent figure available, the US issued some 8,400 US visas to Syrian nationals. Those who are being allowed to remain living in the US on the temporary protected status join others from countries such as South Sudan, Haiti, Somalia, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador, which are also covered by the scheme.

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