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

In November 2014, ADC filed a petition with the Department of Homeland Security requesting the redesignation and extention of TPS protection for Syrian nationals present in the US. ADC has previously submitted TPS requests to DHS in April of 2013 and January of 2012, both of which were granted.

On January 5, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended and redesignated Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Syrian nationals currently in the United States for 18 months, from April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. The official DHS announcement in the Federal Register can be read here.

*July 6, 2015 is the deadline to apply for Syrian Nationals to apply for TPS for the First Time

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 on How to Apply for TPS and Important Dates For Syria TPS can be found on the official UCIS website.

The ADC Legal Department provides assistance with all immigration related matters, including assistance with TPS and asylum claims. For questions about TPS, contact ADC Legal at 202-244-2990, or send an email to

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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