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Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Syria

 

TPS Designated Through:

September 30, 2016

Re-registration period for People Who Already Have TPS:

January 5, 2015 through March 6, 2015

Registration Period for People Who are Applying for TPS for the First Time:

January 5, 2015 through July 6, 2015

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through:

September 30, 2015

Continuous Residence Date in U.S. Since:

January 5, 2015

Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:

April 1, 2015

TPS Designation Date:

March 29, 2012

TPS Re-designation Date:

January 5, 2015

Federal Register Notice Citation:

80 FR 245

On January 5, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the redesignation of Syria for TPS and that eligible Syrian nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) in the United States may apply for TPS.

When to File for TPS

If you currently have TPS for Syria and would like to keep your TPS status, you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from January 5, 2015 through March 6, 2015. We encourage you to register as soon as possible after the 60-day re-registration period opens.

If you do not currently have TPS for Syria, you may file an initial application to register for TPS for Syria under the recent re-designation. In order to register for TPS status, you must file your TPS package during the 180-day registration period that runs from January 5, 2015 through July 6, 2015. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the 180-day initial registration period.

Go to the TPS Web Page for information about what you need to file to register.

Where to File

If you are filing for re-registration or filing an initial application, please follow instructions below. E-filing is not currently available for TPS for Syria. You must send your TPS package by mail or courier to the appropriate address in the table below:

If you:Then, mail your application to:
Would like to send your application by U.S. Postal ServiceUSCIS
P.O. Box 6943
Chicago, IL 60680-6943
Would like to send your application by non-U.S. Postal Service courier

Attn: Syria TPS
131 S. Dearborn 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

For more information on TPS eligibility requirements, what to file, and step by step instructions on submitting a re-registration or initial TPS application package go the TPS Web page

 

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

USCIS has automatically extended the validity of employment authorization documents (EADs) issued under the last extension of TPS Syria for an additional 6 months, through September 30, 2015. If you are a TPS beneficiary under the Syria designation and your EAD is based on your TPS status with an original expiration date of March 31, 2015, your EAD is covered by this automatic extension and you may continue to work.

To continue working legally, you may show the following documentation to your employer and government agencies:

Your employer may rely on the Federal Register notice as evidence of the continuing validity of your EAD. Go to the “Documentation Employers May Accept and Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries May Present as Evidence of Employment Eligibility”Factsheet for more information.

If USCIS approves your TPS re-registration application and you paid the fee for a new EAD (or USCIS approved your fee waiver request), you will be issued an EAD with the expiration date of September 30, 2016.

For more information on TPS eligibility requirements, what to file, and step-by-step instructions go to the TPS Web page.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 03/27/2015