Syrian Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended and redesignated until March 31, 2024.
Those already holding Syrian TPS must apply for the extension of their status and employment authorization (if desired) during the 60-day registration period beginning August 1, 2022, and running through September 30, 2022. Employment authorization will be automatically extended until September 30, 2023, for those who reapply and have current TPS EADs expiring on September 30, 2022, March 31, 2021, September 30, 2019, or March 31, 2018. Those with currently pending applications for extensions need not reapply because their new approvals will be extended until March 31, 2024.
Because of the redesignation, Syrians who have continuously resided in the United States without TPS since July 28, 2022, may apply during the registration period and beyond, until March 31, 2024.
Syrian TPS applicants also may apply for travel authorization.
Syria was originally designated for TPS in 2012 and the designation has been repeatedly extended since that time based on the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary temporary conditions including large-scale destruction of infrastructure, mass displacement of citizens, food insecurity, limited access to water and medical care, widespread civilian casualties, and, more recently, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Syrian students in F-1 status who have been experiencing economic hardship have had employment limitations suspended since 2021. That suspension is being extended until April 1, 2024, so that they may work more hours, reduce their course loads, and continue to maintain their student status.
Source: National Law Review