Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria is designated until September 30, 2019. Individuals who currently possess TPS for Syria must re-register between March 5 and May 4, 2018 to maintain their TPS until the September 30, 2019 expiration date. Instructions for how to re-register TPS and renew employment authorization are available on the USCIS website. Applicants should submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

Due to long processing times for TPS re-registration applications, the current employment authorization deadline of March 31 has been extended for 180 days. This means that work permits for TPS beneficiaries from Syria are automatically extended through September 27, 2018.

If someone intends to apply for TPS under Syria’s designation as a first-time applicant, they must have continuously resided in the U.S. since August 1, 2016 and have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since October 1, 2016. They must also meet other various eligibility requirements. The Secretary of Homeland Security will review conditions in Syria before the end of the 18-month extension to determine whether TPS for Syria should be extended again or terminated.

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