The Syrian TPS re-registration period is open from September 23, 2019 to November 22, 2019.
The DHS is requiring a Syrian TPS re-registration period. On August 1, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension of the temporary protected status (TPS) designation for Syrian nationals living in the United States.
Eligibility for Syrian TPS
For Syria to have been eligible for the extension, DHS officials had to assess the conditions in Syria pursuant to the TPS statute, and determine there is ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, has determined these conditions exist and after assessing the conditions in line with the statute, extended Syria’s TPS designation. Click or tap here to read the announcement. The extension will last for eighteen (18) months, running to March 31, 2021.
However, individuals currently on TPS from Syria are required to re-register during the window only open between September 23, 2019 and November 22, 2019. This re-registration period is described in this notice published in the Federal Register, which was made available to the public on September 23, 2019.
How to Re-Register
As discussed above, the re-registration window is only open from September 23, 2019 to November 22, 2019. You may read the announcement and find further information regarding the process by clicking or tapping here. Whether you are registering for the first time, or re-registering for temporary protected status as a Syrian national currently residing in the United States, the application process is similar. Applications are filed on Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. You may find form I-821 on the USCIS website here.
If you are one of the 7,000+ individuals currently residing in the United States under TPS designation, you may be concerned about a lapse in your work authorization. Many of your work authorizations expired on either September 30, 2019, or March 31, 2018. USCIS announced on September 23, 2019, that the validity of work authorization in such cases has been extended one hundred eighty (180) days, through March 28, 2020. Click or tap here to read this announcement. To apply for work authorization, individuals may file Form I-765, which can be found here.
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If you or someone you know are a Syrian national currently living in the United States and think you may be eligible for temporary protected status, or have already received TPS and need to re-register, Christians Law, PLLC is here to help. Tyler Christians is an experienced immigration attorney and can help you with your Syrian TPS re-registration.
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