DHS Extends Temporary Amnesty to Syrian Nationals in the U.S.

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2 August 2016
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The Department of Homeland Security is redesigning and extending Temporary Protected Status to thousands of Syrian nationals already residing in the United States, DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson announced Monday.

TPS is an immigration benefit granted to foreign nationals, regardless of legal status, “due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.”

With Monday’s announcement, approximately 5,800 current Syrian TPS beneficiaries are expected to apply for re-registration and an estimated 2,500 additional Syrians are expected to file initial applications for TPS, allowing them to remain and work in the U.S. — even if they are in the country illegally. The benefit is scheduled to last for another 18 months from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2018, unless it is again redesigned, as is often the case...



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