On March 29, 2012, the U.S. government designated Syria for Temporary Protected Status. If granted, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) allows Syrians to stay and work lawfully in the United States until September 30, 2013. This period may be extended by the U.S. government in the future.
Syrians are eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status if they:
- Are citizens/nationals of Syria, or have no nationality but last resided in Syria AND
- Have resided in the United States since March 29, 2012, or earlier.
Eligible Syrians must apply for TPS and submit the appropriate forms (I-821 and I-765) and supporting documentation by September 25, 2012. The total filing fees are $515, but applicants may submit a fee waiver request (Form I-912) with supporting evidence that they are unable to pay the fees. Additional information and instructions can be found at Temporary Protected Status (from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services).
Syrians should seek legal advice before applying for TPS, particularly if they have been arrested or convicted for a criminal offense. They may not be eligible for Temporary Protected Status if they have certain criminal convictions, and filing for TPS may trigger removal proceedings.
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This information last reviewed 4/2/12.