The United States has extended and re-designated its Temporary Protected Status designation for Syria until the end of September 2016. This is good news for all Syrians already in the United States who already have visas and wish to extend their stay – on a temporary basis – due to the crisis in Syria. If you are approved for Temporary Protected Status, this means you cannot be removed from the United States during the duration of the Status period, and you can apply for a work permit and travel authorization.
For Syrians in the United States with Temporary Protected Status, this extension will allow you to stay here until the end of September 2016. However, you must re-register for your Temporary Protected Status during a 60-day re-registration period that runs from January 5, 2015, through March 6, 2015. This does not roll over automatically.
For eligible Syrians in the United States who want to register for Temporary Protected Status, this re-designation announcement means you can register for this program as long as you are in the United States on or before January 5, 2015 and meet other general TPS eligibility and filing requirements .
For those with eligible Syrian family and friends in the United States, please encourage your loved ones to also take advantage of this program, and to re-register if they already hold Temporary Protected Status.
We would like to emphasize that this is a temporary benefit, which does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or provide any other immigration status. We encourage you to visit http://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/dhs-announces-18-month-redesignation-and-18-month-extension-temporary-protected-status-syria-0 to find more information, to review the eligibility requirements, and to register or re-register as soon as possible.