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DHS Extends TPS for Syrian Nationals

On January 29, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrian nationals for a period of 18 months until September 2022. This will affect approximately 8,500 Syrians living in the United States – 6,700 of whom are already in TPS and will be able to renew, as well as an additional 1,800 otherwise eligible individuals who entered the United States after August 1, 2016 and will be eligible to make an initial filing.

Acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske decided to extend TPS for Syria because “[t]he Syrian civil war continues to demonstrate deliberate targeting of civilians, the use of chemical weapons and irregular warfare tactics, and the use of child soldiers. The war has also caused sustained need for humanitarian assistance, an increase in refugees and displaced people, food insecurity, limited access to water and medical care, and large-scale destruction of Syrian’s infrastructure.” These are all circumstances that prevent Syrian nationals from returning to their home country safely.

Instructions on how to register, re-register and obtain employment authorization will be posted in the Federal Register and on the USCIS TPS website. Eligible individuals should not submit any forms or payments until those instructions are posted.

On or before July 31, 2022, the DHS Secretary will decide whether to extend Syrian TPS beyond September 2022.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2021National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 33
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Forrest G. Read IV, Immigration, Employment, Attorney, Jackson Lewis, Law Firm
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Forrest Read is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has extensive experience in both business immigration law and employment law and has special expertise in legal issues in graduate medical education (GME).

Mr. Read's immigration practice focuses on assisting employers in obtaining employment-based nonimmigrant visas (e.g., H-1B, L, O, TN) for foreign national employees and work-related immigrant (green card) visas, including PERM Labor Certifications, and advising employers on compliance with U.S. immigration laws and...

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