Posted on March 23, 2012 in Press Releases

Contact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

Breaking News:  DHS Approves TPS Request for Syrians

Washington DC | March 23, 2012 - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), along with the Arab American Institute (AAI), United for Free Syria (UFS) and the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), 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. If you are applying for TPS for the first time, you 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, if you are age 14 or older, a fee for biometric services.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano issued a statement today on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrian Nationals. 

More information can be found on the official USCIS website.

The ADC Legal Department will provide pro bono legal services to all Syrian Nationals who need assistance with completing the required documents, and answer any questions about the registration process.

AAI President Jim Zogby stated, "This is welcome news and a relief for thousands of Syrian visitors and their families. It’s a case where a simple change in policy will have a significant impact on people’s lives, and in this case it is deserved, and needed."


For more information, contact: Omar Tewfik (202) 652-4988 or (202) 494-2942