Today the USCIS released details on Temporary Protective Status (TPS) application procedures for eligible Syrian nationals. In addition to Syria, other designated countries include El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan.
TPS designation can be made by the Secretary of Homeland Security when a foreign country has conditions that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely. Conditions that can warrant TPS include civil wars or ongoing armed conflicts; environmental disasters or epidemics; or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. During a designated TPS period, eligible individuals are not removable from the United States, can obtain temporary work authorization, and may be granted travel authorization.
To qualify for TPS, Syrian nationals must register prior to September 25, 2012. Individuals must meet all requirements for TPS, including being able to document that they have continually resided and been physically present in the United States since March 29, 2012 and pass a security background check. Individuals with criminal records or who are deemed a threat to national security will not be eligible for TPS.
If you have questions regarding TPS designation or need assistance, please feel free to contact our department.