Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Blog

As the tragic civil war in Syria and the unstable situation in Egypt continue, we want to remind you that nationals from those countries currently in the United States have a number of options available to them if they are worried about their safety if they return home.

Nationals from Syria have been deemed eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), meaning that the U.S. recognizes that the Syrian civil war has made it unsafe for Syrian nationals to return home at this time. The designation was renewed in October and currently runs through March 2015. Syrians in the U.S. can apply for and be granted TPS and don’t need to leave when their visa expires. Click here for more information and instructions on how to file.

We have requested that TPS status also be extended to Egyptian nationals, but as our petition is currently pending, we wanted to share with you a number of temporary relief measures available to Egyptian nationals in the United States. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds individuals that options may be available to foreign nationals in the United States impacted by civil unrest, natural disasters, or other adverse conditions in their home country. When requested, temporary relief measures may include:    

  • Extension and change of status
  • Fee waiver
  • Employment authorization
  • Document replacement

For more information, please visit the Special Situations web page or call USCIS’s National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.

Here in Washington, we continue to advocate for policies we believe will bring greater freedom, stability, and safety to the people of the region. But given the number of Syrian and Egyptian nationals in the U.S. who are endangered by the situation in their respective countries, we wanted to let you know there are ways to help. Please share this information with friends, family, and colleagues, and we will be sure to keep you updated on these important issues.

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