Syrian nationals are now eligible for Temporary Protected Status in the United States through March 31, 2015.
Temporary Protected Status allows nationals of select countries to remain in the United States because of ongoing armed conflict (such as a civil war), an environmental disaster (such as earthquake hurricane), or an epidemic or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. To be eligible for TPS a foreign national must:
- Be a national of a country designated for TPS, or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in the designated country;
- File during the open initial registration or re-registration period, or you meet the requirements for late initial filing during any extension of your country’s TPS designation;
- Have been continuously physically present (CPP) in the United States since the effective date of the most recent designation date of your country; and
- Have been continuously residing (CR) in the United States since the date specified for your country. The law allows an exception to the continuous physical presence and continuous residence requirements for brief, casual and innocent departures from the United States. When you apply or re-register for TPS, you must inform USCIS of all absences from the United States since the CPP and CR dates. USCIS will determine whether the exception applies in your case.
If a national is eligible for TPS he or she can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD), is not removable from the United States, and may be granted travel authorization.
Countries eligible as of this writing are: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Syria.