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TPS for Syria Extended for 18 Months; EADs Automatically Extended Through Sept. 27, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Syria has been extended for 18 months, through Sept. 30, 2019. Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status must re-register between March 5, 2018, and May 4, 2018.

Given the timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registration applications, USCIS recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive new Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) before their current EADs expire on March 31, 2018. Accordingly, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of these EADs issued under the TPS designation of Syria for 180 days, through Sept. 27, 2018.

Completing Form I-9

When completing or updating Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification:

  • Refer to this Federal Register notice, which provides confirmation that your employee’s EAD is automatically extended for 180 days, until Sept. 27, 2018.
  • Your employee may present their EAD that has an expiration date of March 31, 2018, and a category code of “A-12” or “C-19,” along with Form I-797C that contains category code “A-12” or “C-19.” This combination is a List A document that is valid until Sept. 27, 2018.

Find more details on the termination of this TPS designation for Syria on I-9 Central and instructions for completing Form I-9 on the TPS page.

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