TPS Extension and Redesignation of the Syrian Arab Republic

A recent notice by The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of the Syrian Arab Republic for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.  The extension allows currently eligible beneficiaries to retain TPS from April 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016.  Additionally, Syria has received a redesignation TPS for 18 months, effective April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. 

The Secretary has determined that an extension is warranted because of deteriorating conditions.  The ongoing armed conflict and other extraordinary and temporary conditions, which prompted the original 2012 Syria designation and the 2013 Syria redesignation, poses a serious threat to the personal safety of Syrian nationals if they were required to return to their country.

For further information on TPS for Syria, including guidance on the application process and additional information on eligibility, please visit the USCIS TPS Web page at