On August 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended and re-designated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians, allowing Syrians who have already obtained TPS to re-apply and for Syrians who have arrived to the United States more recently to apply for TPS. This extension and re-designation is for 18 months, from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2018.
Syrians who already have TPS must reapply within the 60-day re-registration period, which runs from August 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. The validity of employment authorization documents (EADs) issued under TPS is extended through March 31, 2017.
Syrians who do not already have TPS and who have entered the United States more recently must apply during the 180-day initial registration period, which runs from August 1, 2016 through January 30, 2017. To be eligible for TPS, the applicant must demonstrate continuous residence in the United States since August 1, 2016 as well as continuous physical presence in the United States since October 1, 2016, the effective date of TPS re-designation.
Those who already have a pending initial application for TPS do not need to file a new application during this re-designation period. Those applications will be treated as an application under this re-designation.
For more information on applying for TPS you can visit the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services website (www.uscis.gov/tps) or read the official notice (https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/01/2016-17933/extension-and-redesignation-of-syria-for-temporary-protected-status) or please call the offices of RaslanPla & Company, LLC and speak to one of our immigration attorneys.