Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Syria

ALERT:  Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced his decision to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Syria for 18 months through March 31, 2021. Do not pay for or submit any form until USCIS updates official re-registration information on this webpage. 

Read more: Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan’s announcement on TPS for Syria

TPS Designated Through:March 31, 2021
Re-registration Period for People Who Already Have TPS:Sept. 23, 2019 - Nov. 22, 2019
Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through:March 28, 2020   
Continuous Residence in U.S. Since:Aug. 1, 2016
Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:Oct. 1, 2016
TPS Designation Date:March 29, 2012
Current TPS Designation Date:Aug. 1, 2016
Federal Register Notice Citation:84 FR 49751

 

When to File for TPS

If you currently have TPS under Syria’s designation and would like to keep your TPS, you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Sept. 23, 2019, through Nov. 22, 2019. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the 60-day re-registration period.

Go to the TPS webpage for information about registering.

Where to File

If you are filing for a replacement EAD for already granted TPS or for re-registration of TPS, send your TPS package 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
Attn: Syria TPS
P.O. Box 6943
Chicago, IL 60680-6943

 

Would like to send your application by non-U.S. Postal Service courierUSCIS
Attn: Syria TPS
131 S. Dearborn 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

USCIS has automatically extended the validity of certain employment authorization documents (EADs) issued under the TPS designation of Syria through March 28, 2020. This automatic extension will also cover individuals who have an EAD with an expiration date of March 31, 2018, and applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration period but have not yet received their new EAD. If your EAD is covered through this automatic extension, you may continue to use your existing EAD through March 28, 2020, as evidence you are authorized to work.

To prove that you are authorized to work in the United States, you may show the following documentation to your employer. Government agencies may also accept these documents if they need to determine your immigration status:  

  • Your TPS-related EAD with a Sept. 30, 2019, expiration date; or
  • Your TPS-related EAD with a March 31, 2018, expiration date and your EAD application receipt (Form I-797C, Notice of Action) that notes your application was received on or after March 5, 2018; and
  • A copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension. 

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 page for more information.

If we approve your TPS re-registration application and you paid the fee for a new EAD (or if we approved your fee waiver request), we will issue you a new EAD with the expiration date of March 31, 2021.

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 to the TPS page.

Other Immigration Options

You might be eligible for other immigration options listed on the Explore My Options page.

To apply for a lawful permanent status (Green Card), you must be eligible under one of the categories listed on the Green Card Eligibility Categories page. Once you find the category that may fit your situation, click on the link provided to get information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and whether your family members can also apply with you.

Note on Seeking Asylum: Being granted and maintaining TPS status until a reasonable period before the filing of the asylum application is considered an extraordinary circumstance for the purposes of the one-year filing deadline. In other words, having TPS status “stops the clock” on the requirement to file for asylum within one year of arriving in the United States, if the one-year clock has not already expired. See 8 CFR 208.4(a)(5)(iv).

Avoid Scams

Please be aware that some unauthorized practitioners may try to take advantage of you by claiming they can file TPS forms. These same individuals may ask that you pay them to file such forms. We want to ensure that all potential TPS applicants know how to obtain legitimate, accurate legal advice and assistance. A list of accredited representatives and free or low-cost legal providers is available on the USCIS website on the finding legal advice web page.

We don’t want you to become a victim of an immigration scam. If you need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure the person helping you is authorized to give legal advice. Only an attorney or an accredited representative working for a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized organization can give you legal advice. Visit the Avoid Scams page for information and resources.

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