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Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Syria


TPS Designated Through:March 31, 2015
Re-registration period for People Who Already Have TPS:June 17, 2013 through August 16, 2013
Registration Period for People Who are Applying for TPS for the First Time:June 17, 2013 through December 16, 2013
Continuous Residence Date in U.S. Since:June 17, 2013
Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:October 1, 2013
TPS Designation Date:March 29, 2012
TPS Re-designation Date:October 1, 2013
Federal Register Notice Citation:

78 FR 36223

On June 17, 2013, 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 June 13, 2013 through August 16, 2013. 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 June 17, 2013 through December 16, 2013. 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

Last Reviewed/Updated: 06/17/2013