Extension and Re-designation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status

On March 5, 2018, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it has extended the designation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. DHS initially designated Syria for TPS on March 29, 2012 due to conditions within the country that prevented Syrian nationals from returning in safety. The most recent re-designation was set to expire March 31, 2018; however, the recent extension means the designation will continue through September 30, 2019, at which time DHS will review conditions in Syria to determine whether its TPS designation should be extended again or terminated.

Individuals who have already been granted TPS under the original designation are allowed to re-register within a 60-day re-registration period that runs from March 5, 2018 through May 4, 2018.

USCIS has automatically extended the validity of employment authorization documents (EAD) issued under the last extension of TPS Syria for an additional 180 days, through Sept. 27, 2018. If an EAD is based on a TPS status with an original expiration date of March 31, 2018, the EAD is covered by this automatic extension.