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

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Syria TPS Request

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) filed a formal petition with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) be granted to Syrian nationals currently present in the United States. Due to the worsening situation on the ground in Syria and the mounting number of deaths (which now exceeds 6,000), it has become eminently clear that the forced return of civilians poses a grave threat to their personal safety.

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
-Casa Esperanza
-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)
-Syrian Expats
-The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
-US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
For information or questions, please contact:

Mr. Abed Ayoub
(202) 244-2990