On March 18, the Department of Homeland Security extended and redesignated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) based on the ongoing armed conflict preventing safe return to that country. Syrians who already have TPS will be able to re-register and retain their status through September 30, 2022. Current Syrian TPS-holders must re-register between March 19 and May 18, 2021.
In addition, because TPS was not only extended but also redesignated, Syrians who have been residing in the U.S. since March 19, 2021 and continuously present in the country since March 31, 2021 will be able to file initial TPS applications.
USCIS has announced that it will automatically extend the validity of employment authorization documents (EADs) previously issued under the TPS designation of Syria for 180 days, through Sept. 27, 2021.
To be eligible for TPS, an applicant must meet all eligibility requirements and cannot have been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the United States. If you have questions about whether the extension and re-designation of Syria for TPS might affect you or a loved one, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
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