Temporary Protected Status for Syrian Nationals

On March 23, 2012, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) head Janet Napolitano said the following in a Press Release:

“In light of the deteriorating conditions in Syria, I am announcing that DHS will be designating Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians currently present in the United States. Conditions in Syria have worsened to the point where Syrian nationals already in the United States would face serious threats to their personal safety if they were to return to their home country. Early next week, the Department will publish a notice in the Federal Register that will provide further guidance about TPS eligibility requirements and registration procedures. All applicants must undergo full background checks and while Syrians in the United States are encouraged to apply, they should not submit their applications before the notice is published.”

As we all know, the struggle between the Syrian government and opposition forces is intensifying.  Affording TPS to Syrian nationals in the United States could very well save their lives.

When additional information and TPS registration instructions are available, we will post it at www.bashyamshah.com.