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HS Announces 18-Month Redesignation and 18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syria

On January 5, 2015 the Department of Homeland Security announced 18-month redesignation and 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria.

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has redesignated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country from April 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2016. This allows eligible nationals of Syria (or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) to register or re-register for TPS in accordance with the notice published today in the Federal Register.

For Syrian national who has TPS currently, to extend your TPS, you must re-register during a 60-day re-registration period that runs from Jan. 5, 2015, through March 6, 2015.

For Syrian nationals and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria, who have: (1) Continuously resided in the United States since Jan. 5, 2015, and (2) Been continuously physically present in the United States since April 1, 2015, if you do not have TPS, to obtain TPS, you may apply for TPS during a 180-day initial registration period that runs from Jan. 5, 2015, through July 6, 2015.

During the past year, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State reviewed the conditions in Syria. Based upon this review, Secretary Johnson determined that a redesignation and 18-month extension of TPS for Syria is warranted due to an ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Syria that prevent its nationals from returning in safety.


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