DHS Announces TPS for Syria
Due to the escalating violence and humanitarian crisis in Syria, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Janet Napolitano announced that she will be designating Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months.
TPS is an immigration status available to foreign nationals currently present in the U.S. whose home countries have been designated by DHS as temporarily unsafe. Other countries currently designated for TPS are El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan. Individuals granted TPS upon initial review of their cases are allowed to remain in the U.S. for 18 months (and possibly longer if TPS is extended), can obtain an employment authorization document (work permit), and may be granted authorization for travel outside the U.S.
Enrollment in TPS is not automatic and applicants will have to show their eligibility. Syrian nationals may apply for TPS through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). To apply for TPS, it is necessary to file the appropriate forms along with supporting evidence of identity, nationality, and proof of residence during the initial registration period.
Because each case is unique, all Syrian nationals applying for TPS should consult with an experienced immigration attorney. The Law Firm of Annapolis is committed to providing high-quality, effective legal advice and representation to Syrian nationals navigating through the complex area of immigration law. In order to assist as many Syrian nationals as possible, we are offering our services at a reduced fee of $300 for each applicant. Additional USCIS filing fees are as follows:
- $50 Application for Temporary Protected Status fee for first time applicants
- $340 Application for Employment Authorization fee
- $85 fee for biometric services if you are age 14 or older
- USCIS fee waivers may be available if you qualify
Although our office is in Annapolis, Maryland, we can help you wherever you are in the United States. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the eligibility requirements and registration process for TPS. Contact us today to ensure that you can benefit from this rare opportunity.
USCIS has instructed applicants NOT to submit applications yet but we can start preparing your application now in anticipation of the additional details regarding the eligibility requirements and application process to be published by DHS within the next week.