Secretary Napolitano has announced that Syrian nationals are now eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This action by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is in response to chaotic and violent upheaval and the current deteriorating situation in Syria.
The TPS designation for Syria is effective for eighteen months - from March 29, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Applications for TPS must be submitted by September 25, 2012.
In order to be eligible for TPS, Syrian nationals must demonstrate the following:
- That they are Syrian nationals.
- That they have continually resided and have been physically present in the United States since March 29, 2012.
- That they do not have a criminal record that would pose a threat to the United States' national security.
For detailed instructions and requirements to apply for TPS, please visit the USCIS TPS webpage.
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