The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended a program that allows Syrians currently in the United States to legally stay in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to the ongoing armed conflict. The 18-month extension of TPS for Syrians will be effective from October 1, 2022, through March 31, 2024. Current Syria TPS beneficiaries will have 60 days from August 1 to re-register by September 30, 2022, to extend their benefits. And new applicants will have to register by March 31, 2024, to apply for TPS-related employment authorization documents and travel permission. 960 additional individuals may now be eligible for TPS. DHS is also continuing to suspend specific employment authorization rules for Syrian citizens in F-1 status who are experiencing severe economic hardship due to the civil war in Syria.
“We are committed to protecting Syrian nationals in the United States as the ongoing civil war in Syria persists, leading to continued destruction and despair,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “Under this redesignation, Syrian nationals residing in the United States as of July 28, 2022 will be eligible to stay, as it is remains unsafe for them to return to their country.”
Syria TPS extension gives approximately 6448 Syrians living in the U.S. temporary protected status until March 31, 2024. DHS Secretary Mayorkas gave Syria TPS in March 2024 due to the country’s “ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Syria that prevent individuals from safely returning.”
Temporary Protected Status grants a work permit and reprieve from deportation to certain people whose countries have experienced natural disasters, armed conflicts or exceptional situations so they can remain temporarily in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants TPS to immigrants in the U.S. who are afraid to return to their home country due to dangerous conditions. Federal immigration law recognizes that some immigrants merit legal relief. These situations can include when they have been victims of abuse, persecution, violence, or other dangerous conditions.
15 countries currently have TPS designation:
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