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DHS Extends Syria Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has stated in an announcement made early August 2016 that Syria has once again been designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Syria’s preexisting TPS will be extended another 18 months in response, changing the expiration date from October 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2018. Syrian nationals, or people who have recently lived in Syria but had no official nationality, will be able to register or reregister for TPS to achieve the extended designation.

How and when the affected parties will be able to file for TPS:

  • Syrian nationals with TPS currently: In order to extend their TPS to the new timeframe, reregistration must be completed between August 1st, 2016 and September 30th, 2016, which is a 60-day period.
  • Syrian nationals or equivalent persons with no current TPS: In order to obtain TPS for the first time and take advantage of the extended timeframe, registration must be completed between the 180-day period between August 1st, 2016 and January 30th, 2017.

Additional Information for Reapplying Registrants

Syrian nationals or other qualifying peoples of Syria who have already achieved TPS in the past will be able to also apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) when reapplying for TPS. An EAD issued through this system will expire on March 31st, 2018. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will also automatically extend preexisting EADs for Syrian TPS holders to March 31st, 2017 if they would have expired on September 30th, 2016 or sooner.

People who are looking to reregister will need the following documents:

  • Form I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status)
  • Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization)

Application and biometric services fees may apply and may be necessary upon filing.

Additional Information for New TPS Registrants

Syrian nationals and others who fit the similar requirements who have resided within the United States since August 1st, 2016 can initially apply for a new TPS. Regular TPS eligibility regulations and requirements will apply to this newly extended program. In addition to requiring Form I-821 and I-765, first-time applicants will be expected to provided applications fees and biometric services fees, which may vary in amount.

For a complete summary of the details regarding this 18-month re-designation and extension, interested parties should visit the official USCIS article by clicking here. For help understanding your rights and options regarding TPS or EADs, contact David F. Vedder, P.A. Set up an initial consultation with our Daytona Beach immigration attorneys today to learn more.