Posted by PR WEB on March 24, 2012 in News Clips

Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO), along with The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Arab American Institute (AAI), United for Free Syria (UFS) 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.

More information can be found on the official USCIS website.

Syrian Expatriates chairman Dr. Yaseen Rafee stated, "SEO welcomes DHS decision, we believe it will protect many Syrians who fled the country to US. SE would like to thank all sponsoring organizations for their support on this important initiative."

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