WASHINGTON- Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has redesignated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the current TPS for eligible nationals of Syria for an additional 18 months from October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2018.
People with TPS are authorized to live and work in the United States and may not be removed or deported while they continue to meet the requirements of TPS. TPS beneficiaries may also be granted travel authorization as a matter of discretion. A grant of TPS does not result in or lead to lawful permanent resident status.
WHEN TO FILE:
To extend your current TPS, you must re-register during the 60-day period from August 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Syrian nationals, and those who last habitually resided in Syria, and who currently hold valid TPS may re-register during this 60-day period. Syrians who continuously resided in the U.S. since August 1, 2016 and who have been continuously present in the U.S. since October 1, 2016 may be eligible to receive TPS.
Additionally, in limited situations, USCIS may grant TPS to Syrians who file their initial applications late if certain conditions are met. See, uscis.gov/tps for more information.
Current Syrian TPS beneficiaries must re-register during the 60-day period from August 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016. The 18-month extension allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Those who re-register during this 60-day period will receive automatic extensions of their current EADs valid to March 31, 2017 while they are waiting for their new EAD which will be valid to March 31, 2018.
PROOF OF AUTOMATIC EXTENSION OF WORK CARDS WITH EXPIRATION DATES OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2016:
To prove that your EAD or work card is automatically extended, show your employer or government agencies the following:
1) Your TPS work card with September 30, 2016 expiration date, and
2) A copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension.
WHAT TO SUBMIT TO USCIS?
1) Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status (re-registrants do not need to pay the Form I-821 application fee);
2) Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, regardless of whether or not you want an EAD;
3) The Form I-765 application fee (or a fee waiver request*) if an EAD is requested, and
4) The biometric service fee (or a fee waiver*) if over age 14.
* Fee waiver requests are filed on Form I-912 with applicable evidence of financial need.
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