On March 5, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency made an announcement in regards to the Temporary Protected Status for Syrians. The announcement detailed information regarding the Temporary Protected Status of Syrians seeking protection. First, the work permits that were set to expire on March 31, 2018, have been automatically extended by 180 days through September 27, 2018. In addition, all individuals who wish to re-register to maintain their protected status will have to do so by May 4, 2018. This deadline is quickly approaching so it is important to act quickly in order to maintain one’s status.

Those who do successfully re-register will be able to receive Temporary Protected Status until September 30, 2019. It is also important to be aware that if an individual wishes to continue working during the extension period, they must request new Employment Authorization Documents as well using Form I-765. The form that must be submitted for the extension of Temporary Protected Status is Form I-821. As previously mentioned, the USCIS understands that processing Employment Authorization Documents takes some time and therefore, has automatically extended everyone’s through September 27. Still, it is important to submit these documents as soon as possible to avoid any risk of losing employment authorization.

The reason for which Temporary Protected Status has been extended is because the Secretary of Homeland Security determined that conditions in the country are still eligible for a TPS designation. Before the 18-month extension ends next year, Homeland Security will review conditions again to see if they have improved and then make a decision as to whether another extension should be granted.

If you have questions about TPS, contact our firm today.

The Law Offices of Cheryl R. David practices immigration law throughout NYC. If you have questions about your particular matters regarding immigration please contact the office to discuss your circumstances and options.