Advance Copy of DHS Notice: Designation of Syrian Arab Republic for Temporary Protected Status

Advance Copy of DHS Notice: Designation of Syrian Arab Republic for Temporary Protected Status

"Through this notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that
the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) has designated the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria)
for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months, effective [Insert date of
publication in the FEDERAL REGISTER] through September 30, 2013. Under section
244(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1), the Secretary is
authorized to grant TPS to eligible nationals of designated foreign states or parts of such states
(or to eligible aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in such states) upon
finding that such states are experiencing an ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or
extraordinary and temporary conditions that prevent nationals from returning in safety.
This designation allows eligible Syrian nationals (and aliens having no nationality who
last habitually resided in Syria) who have both continuously resided in and been continuously
physically present in the United States since [Insert date of publication in the FEDERAL
REGISTER] to be granted TPS. This notice also describes the other eligibility criteria applicants
must meet." - FR Doc. 2012-7498 Filed 03/28/2012 at 8:45 am; Publication Date: 03/29/2012.