** LEGAL UPDATE **
Syrian nationals in the U.S. have had the opportunity to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) since March 29, 2012. The U.S. government based this decision on a finding of extraordinary and temporary conditions resulting from the Syrian military's violent suppression of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad's regime, which conditions prevented Syrians from safely returning home.
Now, TPS for Syrians in the United States has been extended for another 18 months, through September 30, 2019, according to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. The stated reason was ongoing armed conflict and other extraordinary conditions, such that return to this country would still be unsafe.
This means that Syrians who currently hold TPS—an estimated 7,000 people—will be eligible to reregister for an extension of their status, including a renewed work permit (also called an employment authorization document or EAD).
Syrians who arrived in the U.S. after August 2016 will not, however, be eligible to file new applications.
Effective Date: March 5, 2018