On August 1, 2016, the USCIS released notification Secretary of Homeland
Security, Jeh Johnson, has extended the temporary protection status for
Syria from October 1, 2016, through March 31, 2016. This designation allows
for current eligible Syrian nationals to register for TPS status. Syrian
citizens that are currently registered for TPS must re-register between
August 1 – September 30.
This extension also allows for Syrian nationals designated under TPS to
apply for an employment authorization document. The employment authorization
document allows Syrian nationals to work while they are in the US.
Those who do not have nationality but last resided in Syria may also apply
for temporary protected status. You must apply during the 180-day initial
registration period that begins August 1, 2016, through Jan 30, 2017.
If you are unable to pay the filing fees, you may request the USCIS waive
fees by filing a Form I-912 Request for Fee Waiver.
What Is TPS?
When a foreign country is designated for TPS, the reasons for this practice
is because the conditions of that country are either temporarily unsafe
or otherwise unfit. Some examples of reasons the US may declare a particular
country is under TPS are:
- Civil war or another armed conflict
- Natural disaster or epidemic
- Other temporarily extraordinary conditions
When country’s nationals are designated as TPS, they cannot be removed
from the United States and may be granted travel authorization.
One thing to note is, TPS designation does not allow any other immigration
benefit. If you are currently here under a TPS designation but you are
interested in other immigration options, our
Cleveland immigration attorney can help you decide which is the best choice for you.
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