The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an 18-month extension and redesignation of temporary protected status (TPS) for Syrians. This enables more than 6,700 eligible Syrian nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Syria) to retain their TPS through September 2022, and allows approximately 1,800 additional individuals to file initial TPS applications.

Current beneficiaries as well as Syrian nationals who entered the United States after August 1, 2016, and are otherwise eligible may register. DHS plans to publish a notice in the Federal Register with instructions for re-registration and employment authorization. The DHS Secretary will make the next decision to extend or terminate the designation for Syria on or before July 31, 2022.

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