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Immigration Law

Extension and Re-Designation of Syria for TPS

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 03/19/2021

"Through this notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from March 31, 2021 through September 30, 2022 and redesignating Syria for 18 months, effective March 31, 2021 through September 30, 2022. The extension allows currently eligible TPS beneficiaries to retain TPS through September 30, 2022, so long as they otherwise continue to meet the eligibility requirements for TPS. The redesignation of Syria allows additional individuals who have been continuously residing in the United States since [INSERT DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER] to obtain TPS, if otherwise eligible. Through this notice, DHS also sets forth procedures necessary for Syrian nationals (or noncitizens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) either to re-register under the extension, if they already have TPS, and to apply for renewal of their Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or to submit an initial registration application under the redesignation and apply for an EAD. DATES: Extension of Designation of Syria for TPS: The 18-month extension of the TPS designation of Syria is effective March 31, 2021 and will remain in effect through This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 03/19/2021 and available online at federalregister.gov/d/2021-05715, and on govinfo.gov September 30, 2022. The 60-day re-registration period runs from [Insert date of publication in the FEDERAL REGISTER] through [Insert date 60 days from date of publication in the FEDERAL REGISTER]. (Note: It is important for re-registrants to timely re-register during this 60-day period and not to wait until their EADs expire.) Redesignation of Syria for TPS: The 18-month redesignation of Syria for TPS is effective March 31, 2021, and will remain in effect through September 30, 2022. The 180-day initial registration period for new applicants under the Syria TPS redesignation runs [Insert date of publication in the FEDERAL REGISTER] through [Insert date 180 calendar days from date of publication in the FEDERAL REGISTER]."