Dorcas International Conducts Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Registration and Re-registration for Nationals of Syria
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island has announced that it will process Syrian TPS re-registration applications until May 17, 2021, and first-time registration applications until September 14, 2021
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) through September 30, 2022. Eligible Syrian nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) who are in the United States may file for an initial grant of TPS during the 180-day registration period, which runs from March 19, 2021 to September 15, 2021. Syrians who already have TPS and would like to maintain their status must re-register between March 19, 2021 and May 18, 2021. All current Syrian TPS Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) with an expiration date of March 31, 2021, are automatically extended through September 27, 2021.
TPS is a temporary legal status given by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to citizens of a certain country in cases of emergency. Those who are granted TPS are able to live and work in the United States legally for the duration of the status, but TPS does not lead to adjustment to legal permanent residency. When the 18-month period ends, the DHS Secretary can decide to renew the status or let it expire.
Who is Eligible: First-time applicants must have continuous residence in the U.S. since March 19, 2021, as well as maintained a continuous physical presence in the U.S. as of March 31, 2021.
How to File: First-time applicants will need to file a TPS application. Individuals who wish to apply for employment authorization will need to submit an additional form. They must provide evidence of identity and nationality, their date of entry into the U.S., and continuous residence in the U.S. since March 19, 2021. The fee for USCIS is $545. Re-registration applicants will need to submit the same forms and pay a fee of $495 to USCIS; while individuals who do not want to apply for an EAD only have to pay a fee of $85.
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island will help Syrians apply and re-apply for TPS. Dorcas International is a non-profit agency providing services to the immigrant and refugee community of Rhode Island. Dorcas International has a staff of federally accredited immigration caseworkers, trained and experienced in all areas of immigration procedures, including TPS applications.
Individuals who are interested in having Dorcas International assist them with TPS applications should contact Dorcas International’s Citizenship & Immigration Services Program at 401-784-8607. Dorcas International will charge a fee of $180 for first-time TPS applicants.