Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Temporary Protected Status for Syrian Arab Republic

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a status that the United States Government allows people from certain counties to apply for while their home country (or country of residence) is too dangerous for them to return to or the country is unable to handle the return of its citizens. There are currently seven countries, listed below, that are designated TPS countries.  Syria was added to the list on March 23, 2012 due to the extraordinary violence that the government of Syria is inflicting on it's own people. The details of applying for such status are below in a press release from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Press Release and Designation of TPS for Syrian Nationals
On March 23, 2012, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced her intent to designate Syria for TPS for eighteen months
The TPS designation for Syria is effective today and will remain in effect through September 30, 2013. 
The designation means that eligible Syrian nationals will not be removed from the United States, and may request employment authorization. 
The 180-day TPS registration period begins today and ends on September 25, 2012.

TPS Eligible Countries
Currently there are seven countries that are eligible for TPS.
These are: 
  • El Salvador
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan 
  • Syria
This means that nationals from this country may not be deported back to their home country and may apply for work authorization while here in the United States.Contact a local immigration attorney for help and required deadlines to apply for such status if you or someone you know may be eligible for this type of status.

See:  for more information on the problems in Syria and for credit on the picture above.

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