On Jan 5, 2015, the United States announced an extension and re-designation of temporary protected status for SYRIANS in the United States. The re-designation was based on the determination that conditions in Syria have deteriorated. The re-designation will allow Syrians who began living in the US on or before January 5, 2015 to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which provides employment authorization.
The extension allows Syrians who already have TPS status to extend the validity of their status until September 30, 2016.
Applications can be submitted beginning January 5, 2015. For extensions, the application must be filed withing 60 days of Jan 5, 2015. For first time applicants, the application must be filed within 180 days of January 5, 2015.