Redesgination, Extension of TPS for Syria

Eligible Syrian nationals and those without nationality who lived within Syrian borders can request new or extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that runs through Sept. 30, 2016. Based on ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary temporary conditions in Syria, officials with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted the country with redesignation of Temporary Protected Status and an extension of an existing TPS desgination.

Syria TPS immigrants who register for the extended status can also request a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD.) Newly-issued EADs carry an expiration date of Sept. 30, 2016. Those who hold an EAD with a current expiration date of March 31, 2015 will be granted an automatic six-month extension. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) extended these expirations to Sept. 30, 2016.

Current TPS beneficiaries from Syria can extend the status through re-registration during the 60-day period that runs from Jan. 5, 2015 through March 6, 2015.

Syrian nationals and others who lived within Syrian borders and who aren’t currently under the Temporary Protected Status umbrella can apply from the status during a 180-day period from Jan. 5, 2015 through July 6, 2015. With this, applicants must have continuously resided in the United States since Jan. 5, 2015 and must be continuously physically present in the United States from April 1, 2015.

Regardless of whether a TPS request is new or for an extension, guidelines include:

  • Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status—the form application fee doesn’t apply to individuals who are re-registering
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization—required even for those who don’t want an EAD.
  • Form I-765 application fee– only for those who want an EAD
  • Biometric services fee for those ages 14 or older

Applicants who can’t afford the application fees can request a fee waiver by filing Form I-912: Request for Fee Waiver or by submitting another written request and supporting documentation.

DHS estimates approximately 5,000 individuals are eligible for TPS re-registration under the existing designation of Syria. The agency estimates an additional 5,000 individuals could be eligible under the redesignation.