"WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has redesignated
Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS
designation for the country from Oct. 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018. This
allows eligible nationals of Syria (or persons without nationality who last
habitually resided in Syria) to register or re-register for TPS in accordance
with the Federal
Register notice published today [1 August 2016].
beneficiaries from Syria
||To extend your TPS, you
must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from
Aug. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2016.
|Syrian nationals and
persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria, who have:
- Continuously resided in the United States since
Aug. 1, 2016, and
- Been continuously physically present in the United
States since Oct. 1, 2016.
||To obtain TPS, you may
apply for TPS during the 180-day initial registration period that runs from
Aug. 1, 2016, through Jan. 30, 2017.
re-registering for TPS:
Current beneficiaries under Syria’s TPS designation seeking to
extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs
from Aug. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2016. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible.
The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply
for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible Syria TPS
beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD
will receive one with an expiration date of March 31, 2018. USCIS recognizes
that some re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their
current work permits expire. Therefore, USCIS is automatically extending
current TPS Syria EADs with a Sept. 30, 2016, expiration date for an
additional six months. These existing EADs are now valid through March 31,
To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit:
for TPS for the first time:
For Syrian nationals (and persons having no nationality who
last habitually resided in Syria) who do not currently have TPS, the TPS
redesignation may allow them to apply for TPS if they have continuously
resided in the United States since Aug. 1, 2016, and have been continuously
physically present in the United States since Oct. 1, 2016. Applicants must
meet all other TPS eligibility and filing requirements.
To apply for the first time, individuals must submit:
Individuals who still have a pending initial TPS application
under Syria’s designation do not need to submit a new Form I-821. However, if they
currently have a TPS-related EAD and want a new EAD, they should submit:
Applicants may request that USCIS waive any fees based on
inability to pay by filing Form
I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a written request.
Fee-waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation. USCIS
will reject the application of any applicant who fails to submit the required
filing fees or a properly documented fee-waiver request.
All USCIS forms are available for free. Download forms or order them by mail
through the USCIS website at uscis.gov/forms
or by calling the USCIS Forms Request Line toll-free at 1-800-870-3676.
Applicants can check their case status at My
Case Status Online or by calling the USCIS National Customer Service
Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD for the deaf and hard of hearing:
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