Temporary Protected Status for Citizens of Syria Extended

The Department of Homeland Security has decided to extend Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for nationals of Syria for a period of eighteen months.  TPS designation for Syria was scheduled to end on September 30, 2019. The DHS decision will extend it through March 31, 2021.  

As a result, current Syrian TPS beneficiaries may re-register for an extension of their TPS status and remain in the U.S. with work authorization through March 31, 2021.  

For employers of TPS beneficiaries from Syria, DHS will soon issue a Federal Register Notice that will announce an automatic extension of TPS-related documentation.

Eligibility for TPS under Syria’s current designation includes a requirement that individuals have had continuous residence in the U.S. since August 1, 2016, with continuous physical presence in the U.S. since October 1, 2016.  

For more information regarding TPS, please see our previous blog post.  

This alert is for informational purposes only.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss this development further.