On January 5, 2015, USCIS extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for citizens of Syria through September 30, 2016, and – importantly – redesignated TPS eligibility for Syrians who have been physically present in the United States since January 5, 2015.  TPS status authorizes citizens from a designated country to remain in the United States and to receive employment authorization during the authorized time period.  Because of the ongoing war and security situation in Syria, USCIS determined it is not safe for Syrian citizens to attempt to return to that country at this time.

For Syrian citizens who already have TPS status, they are required to submit their renewal application between January 5, 2015 and March 6, 2015.  Current TPS holders from Syria who have employment authorization cards expiring in March 2015, will have their work authorization automatically extended until September 30, 2015, in order to give sufficient time to apply and receive the new employment authorization card.

For new TPS applications for citizens of Syria, the application must be submitted between January 5, 2015 and July 6, 2015.

For the USCIS official information about TPS for Syrians and the application requirements, please click:  Syria TPS

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