Citizens of Syria in the U.S. Now Eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Conflict in Syria, as its citizens continue to rise up against President Bashar al-Assad and his Ba’ath Party rule, has led the U.S. government to deem the country unsafe for return by nationals currently living in the United States.

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, announced on March 23rd that Syria would be designated for Temporary Protected Status. (See Napolitano’s announcement.) TPS is not a permanent right to remain in the U.S., but offers temporary rights to remain and to work, up to a specified deadline — in this instance, through September 30, 2013.

What this means in practice is that, if you’re a Syrian national currently in the U.S., have been residing here continuously since the designation date (March 29), and are not ineligible due to security, criminal, or other grounds of inadmissibility, you can avail yourself of TPS protection by registering with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You will receive a work permit.

Go to the Temporary Protected Status page of the USCIS website for details.