Syrian Nationals Qualify for Temporary Protected Status Until 2015

TPS for Syria was both extended and redesignated, allowing for new applicants.

If you are from Syria and either currently have "Temporary Protected Status" (TPS) or have been residing continuously in the U.S. since June 17, 2013, you may be eligible for TPS until 2015. It's important to notice that this creates not only renewal opportunities, but a new application opportunity for Syrians who did not obtain TPS in the past. It also applies to persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria.

TPS status allows noncitizens whose countries have become dangerous, perhaps due to natural disaster or civil strife, to remain in the United States for limited time periods as authorized the the U.S. government. In this case, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security determined that conditions in Syria have deteriorated since the original 2012 TPS designation, and that because the country is now engaged ongoing armed conflict, nationals returning to Syria could face a serious threat to their personal safety.

(For more information on basic TPS eligibility and application procedures, see the "Getting Temporary Protected Status (TPS)" section of Nolo's website.)

The TPS designation for eligible nationals of Syria has been extended for another 18 months, beginning on October 1, 2013 and ending on March 31, 2015.

Renewal applicants will need to apply to re-register between June 17, 2013 and August 16, 2013.

First-time applicants may apply between June 17, 2013 and December 16, 2013. You will need to include documentation of your residence in the U.S. since June 17, 2013.

See the "Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Syria" page of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for detailed instructions on how to apply and to download the required application forms.