Citing ongoing chemical attacks against civilians, massive infrastructure destruction, and food and water crises, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Monday that it is extending Syria’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation in the United States.
The 18-month extension allows current TPS beneficiaries to retain their status until March 31, 2018 if the eligibility requirements are maintained. Additionally, the redesignation of Syria means that Syrian individuals, who are in the United States as of yesterday, August 1, 2016, and are otherwise eligible can apply for TPS. See here to find out if you qualify.
TPS is a non-permanent immigration status that allows eligible individuals of certain nationalities to remain in the United States for a designated period of time. During their designation period, TPS beneficiaries are permitted to gain work authorization, and in many cases are allowed to travel as matters of discretion. The granting of TPS does not lead to permanent residency or citizenship, and once the designation period comes to an end, TPS beneficiaries return to the immigration status they previously held before TPS.
According to DHS, the 2015 civil war conditions that led to Syria’s initial TPS designation have in fact deteriorated further, making returning to their home country a potentially deadly choice for Syrian nationals residing in the United States.
If you are a national of Syria and think you may be eligible for TPS, please call our office to schedule an appointment.