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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has opened the Temporary Protected Status reregistration period for Syrian nationals.
Background: On Aug. 1, Acting Department of Homeland Security secretary Kevin McAleenan extended TPS for Syria for 18 months through March 31, 2021. Notably, however, DHS did not “re-designate” Syria for TPS, as it had previously. This means initial applicants cannot apply for the status, and must seek other forms of immigration relief to stay in the U.S.
The Trump administration has moved to end TPS designations for a number of other countries, including El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan. Those terminations are currently on hold after a court ordered a temporary halt to the termination of TPS for four of the countries last fall, and DHS agreed to comply with the order for all six countries while it appeals the court’s decision. The litigation does not involve TPS for Syrian nationals.
BAL Analysis: Syrian TPS holders should reregister as soon as possible and no later than Nov. 22. Employers should be aware of the automatic extension of EADs for Syrian nationals.
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