Syrian immigrants and refugees who are in the United States under Temporary
Protected Status (TPS) who wish to remain in the country through September
2019 have less than 2 months to re-register. All Syrian TPS beneficiaries
who do not wish to leave must re-register and complete the process from
March 5 - May 4, 2018.
In order to be granted Temporary Protected Status as a Syrian immigrant
or refugee, you must have been in the United States since August 1, 2016
and have remained here since October 1, 2016. There are other important
eligibility requirements you must meet before being granted TPS, which
you should discuss with a
Cleveland immigration attorney right away.
Procedures for Re-Registering for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
If you are a Syrian refugee or migrant seeking to remain in the United
States, there are few things you should keep in mind in order to properly
complete re-registration and improve your chances of having your TPS renewed. According to U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS), you must do the following when completing your re-registration:
Complete your Application for Temporary Protected Status/Form I-821
Complete an Application for Employment Authorization/Form I-765
Both of these forms are accessible and free of charge on the USCIS website.
It is important to complete these and send them quickly. If necessary,
you may send them separately, though it is generally advised that you
complete all paperwork as soon as you can.
Employee Authorization Documents (EAD)
After completed Form I-765, you may be issued a new Employment Authorization
Document (EAD) with a new expiration date of September 30, 2019 if you
complete your re-registration as soon as possible. If you do not complete
the necessary forms before May 4, 2018, you may lose your ability to work
in the United States. However, given the very short re-registration for
TPS recipients from Syria, all EADs set to expire on March 31, 2018 will
be given an automatic extension for 180 days thereafter, making them valid
until September 27, 2018.
Since reviewing the current state of Syria and meeting with members of
other agencies, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, has
announced that she is determined to ensure Syrian immigrants’ Temporary
Protected Status continues. As the next expiration date approaches, Nielsen
has agreed to review and decide whether TPS should continue.
Legal Representation for Syrian Refugees and Migrants Seeking TPS
If you are a Syrian immigrant or refugee and are seeking to re-register
or register for Temporary Protected Status, let
Sintsirmas & Mueller, Co. L.P.A. help you. We are prepared to come alongside you and ensure all your documents
are filled out accurately, completely, and on time. There is too much
at risk for you to put off re-registering or attempt to do it without any help.
Contact a member of our legal team
in Cleveland or Twinsburg and secure knowledgeable, compassionate legal
representation during this time.