What is TPS?
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of designated countries. TPS beneficiaries will not be required to leave the United States and may obtain work authorization for the initial TPS period and for any extensions of the designation. TPS does not lead to permanent resident status. When the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) terminates a TPS designation, beneficiaries will return to the same immigration status they had before TPS (unless that status has expired or has been terminated) or to any other status they may have been granted while in TPS. Learn more
TPS for Syrian Nationals
ADC filed a formal petition with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting that TPS be granted to Syrian nationals present in the US on January 25, 2012. Since approval of the petition, ADC has filed multiple TPS applications and continues to strongly advocate on behalf of Syrian nationals in the US.
*September 25, 2012 is the deadline for Syrian Nationals to apply for TPS*
Apply for TPS
If you are applying for TPS for the first time, you must complete USCIS Form I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status) and submit a filing fee, supporting evidence of identity and nationality, proof of residence, and, if you are age 14 or older, a fee for biometric services.
More information can be found on the official UCIS website.
The ADC Legal Department will provide pro bono legal services to all Syrian nationals who need assistance completing the required documents, and answer any questions about the registration process
- July 25, 2012 - TPS Registration Reminder to Eligible Syrians
- March 29, 2012 - Advisory: DHS Issues Regulation Designating TPS for Syria
- March 2012 - USCIS Office of Public Engagement Teleconference Invitation
- March 23, 2012 - DHS Approves TPS Request for Syrians
- February 7, 2012 - TPS Request Follow-up & Community Advisory
Syria TPS Request
Read the petition filed with DHS | ADC follow-up letter to Napolitano
ADC extends a thank you to United for a Free Syria, and the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF) for their efforts with this campaign.
In addition, ADC welcomes a broad coalition of community partners, including the following:
-American Arab Forum
-American Lebanese Congress
-Arab American Institute
-Baltimore Nonviolence Center
-Berkeley Women in Black; Middle East Study Group/Contra Costa County
-The Carol Chomsky Memorial Fund
-Coalition For Free Syria
-Dearborn Community Center
-East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
-Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM, MN)
-Middle East Task Force of Chicago Presbytery
-National Syrian Coordination Body|
-Refugee Council USA (RCUSA)
-Rochester Middle East Peace Committee
-South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
-Syrian American Council (SAC)
-Syrian Americans for Democracy (SAD)
-Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
-The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
-US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
Mr. Abed Ayoub