** LEGAL UPDATE **
Syria was originally designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in 2012, by then-Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, in response to internal conflicts there.
A TPS designation does not offer a permanent right to remain in the U.S., but it does offers citizens and nationals of the affected country temporary rights to remain and to work in the U.S., for their own safety, up to a specified deadline.
Since Syria's original designation, TPS for this country has been extended multiple times due to ongoing conflict, most recently on August 1, 2019. That's when DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan announced that an extension of Syria's TPS designation for 18 months, through March 31, 2021.
In this case, the extension permits current Syrian TPS holders, of which there are approximately 7,000, to reregister for TPS and remain in the United States with work authorization.
It does not, however, allow any new TPS registrations for people from Syria.
We are still awaiting official word about the procedures for reregistering and extending one's employment authorization documents, which are expected to appear in a Federal Register notice shortly.
Effective Date: August 1, 2019