USCIS has announced that eligible Syrian nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) in the U.S. may apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Syria joins El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan as countries currently designated for TPS. The TPS designation for Syria is effective March 29, 2012, and will remain in effect through September 30, 2013. The 180-day TPS registration period begins March 29, 2012 and ends on September 25, 2012.
This designation means that eligible Syrian nationals will not be removed from the United States, and may request employment authorization. To be eligible for TPS, Syrians must meet all individual requirements for TPS, including demonstrating that they have continually resided and been continually physically present in the United States since March 29, 2012. USCIS has also announced that all individuals who apply for TPS will undergo a thorough security check, and individuals with criminal records or who pose a threat to national security are not eligible for TPS and their applications will be denied.