Syria Redesignated for Temporary Protected Status. Eligible Applicants Must Register by September 30, 2016
DHS has re-designated the Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2018. Nationals from Syria who:
A) have continuously resided in the US since August 1, 2016;
B) have been continuously been physically present in the US since October 1, 2016; and
C) who are otherwise eligible
can apply for TPS status valid until March 31, 2018. Applicants can also apply for an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) with an expiration date of March 31, 2018. Eligible applicants must file an application to register for TPS status by September 30, 2016. Nationals from Syria who currently have TPS status must re-register by September 30, 2016 or they will lose TPS status. Those who fail to register by September 30, 2016 will not be eligible for TPS status unless they meet the requirements for late registration.
Because USCIS takes a long time to issue new EAD’s for those who are filing for new EADs, USCIS has automatically extended the validity date of EAD’s for nationals of Syria who currently have TPS status and have an EAD valid till September 30, 2016. Those EADs are now valid through March 31, 2017. However, as explained above, you must still file an application to re-register your TPS status by September 30, 2016 or you will lose your TPS status.
The re-designation of Syria for TPS means that even those nationals of Syria who previously failed to register in time when Syria was previously designated, or who failed to re-register and lost their TPS status, may now register as long as they meet the requirements.
Please see contact information below if you would like to schedule a consultation appointment with me to discuss your eligibility for TPS.
Published 8/15/16 by attorney Ari Sauer.
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