DHS Announces TPS for Syria
Due to the escalating violence and humanitarian
crisis in Syria, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Secretary, Janet Napolitano announced that she will be designating Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of
TPS is an immigration status available to foreign
nationals currently present in the U.S. whose home countries have been
designated by DHS as temporarily unsafe. Other countries currently
designated for TPS are El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan,
and South Sudan. Individuals granted TPS
upon initial review of their cases are allowed
to remain in the U.S. for 18 months (and possibly longer if TPS is
extended), can obtain an employment
authorization document (work permit), and may be granted authorization
for travel outside the U.S.
Enrollment in TPS is not
automatic and applicants will have to show their eligibility. Syrian nationals may apply for TPS through
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). To apply for TPS, it
is necessary to file the appropriate
forms along with supporting evidence of identity, nationality, and proof of
residence during the initial registration period.
Because each case is unique, all Syrian nationals
applying for TPS should consult with an experienced immigration attorney.
The Law Firm of Annapolis is committed to providing high-quality, effective
legal advice and representation to Syrian nationals navigating through the
complex area of immigration law. In order to assist as many Syrian
nationals as possible, we are offering our services at a reduced fee of $300 for each applicant. Additional USCIS
filing fees are as follows:
$50 Application for Temporary Protected Status fee for first time applicants
$340 Application for Employment Authorization fee
$85 fee for biometric services if you are age 14 or older
USCIS fee waivers may be available if you qualify
Although our office is in Annapolis, Maryland, we
can help you wherever you are in the United States. Attorney Rama Taib is happy to answer any
questions you may have regarding the eligibility requirements and registration
process for TPS. Contact us today to ensure that you can benefit from this rare opportunity.
instructed applicants NOT to submit applications yet but we can start preparing
your application now in anticipation of the additional details regarding the
eligibility requirements and application process to be published by DHS within
the next week.