The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has redesignated Syria as eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months. This designation, effective from April 1, 2024, through September 30, 2025, permits current TPS beneficiaries to maintain their status until September 30, 2025, provided they continue to meet the necessary TPS eligibility criteria. This extension is a significant measure to ensure the continued protection and legal status of Syrian nationals in light of ongoing unrest in their home country.
What Is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a valuable program designed to shield its recipients from being deported and grants them the opportunity to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), enabling them to legally work in the United States. Additionally, those under TPS have the option to request travel authorization, permitting them to leave and re-enter the U.S. Importantly, TPS beneficiaries are eligible to apply for other nonimmigrant statuses or immigration benefits, provided they meet the necessary criteria for those applications.
To initiate the process for TPS, individuals must submit Form I-821, known as the Application for Temporary Protected Status. Alongside this application, it’s essential to provide proof of identity and nationality. Furthermore, applicants are required to furnish evidence that verifies their date of entry into the U.S. and their continuous residence (CR) in the country. The application process also necessitates the inclusion of the relevant fees, unless the applicant is submitting Form I-912, the Application for Fee Waiver, which is an alternative for those who cannot afford the standard application fees.
Eligibility for TPS
If you intend to apply for TPS, you must:
- Be from one of the designated countries listed above
- File during an open registration period (initial or re-registration) or qualify to file late
- Prove continuous physical presence (CPP) and continuous residence (CR) since the last effective date of your home country’s most recent designation to the list above (with some exceptions for travel allowed on a case-by-case basis)
Some conditions could make you ineligible to apply or re-register for TPS, including:
- Conviction of a felony or two or more misdemeanors
- Inadmissibility as an immigrant under section 212(a) of the INA
- Being subject to mandatory bars to asylum
- Failing to meet CPP or CR requirements
- Failing to meet registration requirements
- Failing to re-register for TPS without good cause
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