Posted by PRWEB on March 23, 2012 in News Clips

nited for a Free Syria (UFS), along with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO), Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF) and Arab American Institute (AAI), welcome the decision made by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano to approve the submitted Request for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrian nationals.

The TPS designation will be effective for 18 months. Before the end of the TPS designation period, Secretary Napolitano will review the conditions in Syria and determine whether the conditions that led to the TPS designation continue to be met. Unless a determination is made that those conditions are no longer met, the TPS designation will be extended for 6, 12, or 18 months. If the conditions that led to the TPS designation are no longer met, the Secretary will terminate the TPS designation.

Syrian nationals looking to obtain TPS need to be aware that the status is not automatically applied, and that it is necessary to file the appropriate forms. Individuals applying for TPS for the first time must complete USCIS Form I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status) and submit a filing fee, supporting evidence of identity and nationality, proof of residence, and, for applicants age 14 or older, a fee for biometric services.

More information can be found on the official UCIS website.

UFS Chairmen Dr. Yahya Basha stated, "The TPS designation will protect thousands of Syrian Nationals currently in the US, who would have otherwise been obligated to endanger themselves and their families by returning to Syria. We welcome this decision by the Administration, and we thank the multitude of sponsoring organizations and entities for their support on this important initiative. We urge members of the community to follow all the required steps to ensure that they obtain the designation.

"UFS will continue to work with our administration in support of the rights and freedoms of the Syrian people, inside and outside of Syria."

United for a Free Syria is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting freedom, dignity, and democracy for the Syrian People.

All inquiries are welcome. For further information, please contact Mr. Mouaz Moustafa, Political Director of United for a Free Syria, at mouazmoustafa (at) gmail (dot) com. Updated news and information can also be found at

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