Secretary Mayorkas Extends and Redesignates Temporary Protected Status for Syria 2/2

Release Date January 26, 2024

The extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria ensures that approximately 6,200 existing beneficiaries can maintain their TPS status until September 5, 2025, provided they continue to meet eligibility criteria. Additionally, the redesignation of Syria for TPS opens the opportunity for an estimated 2,000 additional Syrian nationals (or those with no nationality but who last habitually resided in Syria) continuously residing in the United States since January 25, 2024, to file initial TPS applications, subject to eligibility.

New applicants under the redesignation can register between January 29, 2024, and September 30, 2025. However, Syrians not residing in the United States as of January 25, 2024, are ineligible for TPS. Re-registration is applicable to individuals granted TPS under Syria's previous designation, requiring them to re-register during the 60-day period from January 29, 2024, to March 29, 2024, to maintain TPS and employment authorization.

Acknowledging potential delays in new EAD issuance, the Department of Homeland Security automatically extends the validity of certain EADs issued under Syria's TPS designation until March 31, 2025.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will proceed with pending applications from prior TPS designations for Syria. Individuals with pending Form I-821 or Form I-765 as of January 29, 2024, need not refile, and if approved, USCIS will grant TPS until September 30, 2025, along with an EAD valid until the same date.

Eligible individuals under the redesignation, without current TPS, can submit an initial Form I-821 during the registration period from February 1, 2024, to September 30, 2025. Applicants may also apply for TPS-related EADs and travel authorization. EADs can be requested by submitting Form I-765, either with Form I-821 or separately at a later date.

For a comprehensive guide on eligibility, timelines, and procedures, applicants can refer to the Federal Register notice for detailed information.

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