The existing temporary protected status (TPS)1 for Syria has recently been extended through 2018, according to a recent announcement from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This extension will effectively allow Syrian nationals, as well as individuals without nationality who lived in Syria, to apply or re-register for TPS.
TPS is a designation that temporarily permits specific foreign nationals to legally stay in the U.S. because of the dangerous and/or unstable conditions in their home country.
Officially granted by the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security (currently Jeh Johnson), TPS is generally extended to nations involved in war/violent conflict, as well as those that have recently experienced natural disasters.
Quick Facts about TPS: Important Info for Prospective Applicants
- When to file – Current TPS beneficiaries, as well as Syrians who wish to apply for TPS for the first time, can start submitting petitions to USCIS for this status as of August 1, 2016. Whether the petitioner is currently a TPS beneficiary, however, will determine the filing deadlines, which are:
- September 30, 2016 for currently TPS beneficiaries
- January 30, 2017 for those applying for TPS for the first time.
- Who is eligible to file – To be eligible for the TPS designation, petitioners have to prove that they:
- Are Syrian (or a national of a TPS-designated country)
- Have been physically in the U.S. (without interruption) sing the date on which TPS was granted
- Have not been convicted of any criminal offense that would bar them from being granted TPS
- Are not barred from asylum in the U.S. for any reason (including for posing a threat to national security).
- How to file – To apply (or re-register) for TPS, individuals will have to complete at least two forms (Form I-821, Application for TPS, and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization) and submit these fully completed forms to USCIS (within the given timeframes). Additionally, applicants will need to:
- Pay the required filing fees (which will be at least $430, not including the fees associated with biometrics) or apply for a fee waiver
- Submit to biometrics (the background check process to verify that a petitioner doesn’t pose a threat to national security).
Please be aware that failing to properly complete any of the required forms – or failing to pay the required filing fees (or obtain a fee waiver) or submit all required documents to USCIS in the provided time frames – can result in a denial of TPS protection. That, in turn, may trigger removal proceedings.
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1: More detailed information about TPS designations