TPS for Syria has been extended until September 30, 2019. In order to maintain your status, you must file Form I-821: Application for Temporary Protected Status by May 4, 2018. You do not need to pay the filing fee for this form, however, you may still need to pay the biometrics fee.

Current work cards have been automatically extended through September 27, 2018. However, if you want a new work card with the new expiration date of September 30, 2019, you must also file Form I-765: Application for Employment Authorization and pay this form’s application fee by May 4, 2018.

Created in 1990, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is an immigration benefit given to foreign nationals of a particular country due to conditions in their home country that prevent them from returning there safely (such as civil war, or natural disasters); or where the country is not able to adequately handle the return of its nationals. This status provides certain benefits, such as protection from deportation, the grant of employment authorization, and protection from being detained based on one’s immigration status. Syria has been designated for TPS since March 29, 2012 due to the extraordinary and temporary conditions resulting from the Syrian military’s violent suppression of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime that prevented Syrian nationals from safely returning to Syria. Beneficiaries of TPS, regardless of country, should speak to an immigration lawyer to discuss any options they might have to remain in the United States.

If you have any questions about your status and immigration options, please call Bianca at (508) 942-7497 or send an email at