A Guide to Temporary Protected Status for Syrian Nationals

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Immediately after the Secretary of Homeland Security designated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) on March 29, 2012, United for a Free Syria (UFS) released “A Guide to Temporary Protected Status for Syrian Nationals,” which provides an overview and details the eligibility requirements, application process and consequences of attaining TPS status.

Immediately after the Secretary of Homeland Security designated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) on March 29, 2012, United for a Free Syria (UFS) released “A Guide to Temporary Protected Status for Syrian Nationals,” which provides an overview and details the eligibility requirements, application process and consequences of attaining TPS status.

On March 29, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security designated the Syrian Arab Republic (“Syria”) for Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) after finding that there are “extraordinary and temporary conditions in Syria that prevent Syrian nationals from returning in safety, and that permitting such aliens to remain temporarily in the United States would not be contrary to the national interest of the United States” (USCIS). Under the terms of the Notice, eligible Syrian nationals who have both continuously resided in and who have been continuously physically present in the United States since March 29, 2012 are eligible to apply for TPS. The registration period for TPS designation begins March 29, 2012 and will remain open for 180 days, meaning Syrian nationals must apply by September 25, 2012.

Read more: (DHS Docket No. USCIS 2012-0007) Designation of Syrian Arab Republic for Temporary Protected Status [PDF]

This means that Syrian nationals in the United States − including those whose visas have expired or who have otherwise fallen out of legal status − can apply for TPS starting today through September 25, 2012. If granted, applicants may remain in the U.S. on TPS status through September 30, 2013. During that TPS period, individuals who receive TPS will be allowed to stay in the U.S. regardless of their visa status. They may also request employment authorization while in the U.S. under TPS. Also during that time, individuals who receive TPS will be permitted to apply for visa extensions or other status that permits them to stay in the U.S. past September 30, 2013. On September 30, 2013, the legal status will revert to either the status before receiving TPS, or to the status gained and maintained during the TPS period.

(Federal Register Notice) Designation of Syrian Arab Republic for Temporary Protected Status [PDF]

Further Federal Register Notices to clarify or expand upon certain aspects of TPS for Syrian nationals are expected to be issued by Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the coming weeks. UFS will release updates as they are issued.

Read: A Guide to Temporary Protected Status for Syrian Nationals

Furthermore, UFS will be hosting community forums to provide further guidance on the TPS application and process. .UFS has also secured immigration attorneys that are willing to provide services related to the TPS application for eligible individuals at a reduced rate.

For updated news and further information about Syria TPS designation and application, as well as other issues please visit UnitedFreeSyria.org.

United for a Free Syria is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting freedom, dignity, and democracy for the Syrian People.

All inquiries are welcome. For further information, please contact Political Director of United for a Free Syria Mr. Mouaz Moustafa, mouazmoustafa(at)gmail(dot)com (501) 772-0129.

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