On March 23, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an intention to extend Temporary Protected Status to Syrian nationals. In her announcement, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, stated that DHS recognizes “the deteriorating conditions in Syria,” due to the unrest which began in March 2011. DHS is concerned that Syrian nationals currently in the U.S. who attempt to return home “would face serious threats to their personal safety.”
However, DHS has not yet posted registration dates for Syrian’s to apply for Temporary Protected Status. Any applications sent in before the designated registration period will be rejected. According to the announcement, DHS plans to post procedures and requirements for registration early next week (the week starting March 26, 2012). Our firm will post updates regarding the registration period at http://www.immigrationissues.com/, but interested applicants may also look for updates at www.uscis.gov/tps.