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By The Grotas Firm, PC

DHS Extends TPS For Syria

The Department of Homeland Security extended the TPS designation for Syria. The extension is for eighteen months from  October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2015.

TPS allows an immigrant to remain in the US with work authorization. It is a special type of visa for immigrants who can not return to Syria because of the on going armed conflict in Syria.  Return to Syria would pose a serious threat to the personal safety of Syrian nationals.

The 60-day re-registration period runs from June 17, 2013 through August 16, 2013. USCIS will issue new EADs with a March 31, 2015 expiration date to eligible Syrian TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs under this extension.

Under the redesignation, individuals who currently do not have TPS (or an initial TPS application pending) may submit an initial application during the 180-day initial registration period that runs from June 17, 2013 through December 16, 2013. In addition to demonstrating continuous residence in the United States since June 17, 2013 and meeting other eligibility criteria, initial applicants for TPS under this redesignation must demonstrate that they have been continuously physically present in the United States since October 1, 2013, the effective date of the redesignation of Syria, before USCIS can finally grant them TPS.

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