Important News Alert from Malankara World
Temporary Protected Status for Syrians in the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security has issued notice in the Federal
Register announcing that the Secretary of Homeland Security has
designated the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) for Temporary Protected
Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months, effective March 29, 2012 through
September 30, 2013. (77 FR 19026, 03/29/12). Feel free to pass this
information on to any parishioner you know may need assistance.
TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR SYRIANS
Rare Immigration Benefit Approved for Syrian Nationals in the United States
On March 29, 2012, in a rare decision, the U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that eligible Syrian nationals in the United States may apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which will provide immigration benefits to potentially thousands of Syrians living in the US.
TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to foreign nationals of
certain countries who are in the U.S. and who cannot safely return to
their home countries due to ongoing armed conflict, natural disasters,
or other emergency conditions. USCIS stated that Syria has been
designated for TPS status "[d]ue to the violent upheaval and
deteriorating situation in Syria," referring to the yearlong,
nationwide uprising against the Syrian regime and its crackdown on the
opposition, which has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 Syrians,
including women and children.
The possibility of TPS for Syria initially appeared unlikely as only a
select list of countries have been eligible for TPS status over the
years; however, due to the dire circumstances in Syria and continued
pressure from a coalition of Arab-American and other organizations, the request for TPS was approved.
USCIS has designated Syria for TPS for an 18-month period (until
September 30, 2013), with the possibility of renewal. During this
designated period, Syrians granted TPS status may not be deported from
the US; they can obtain work authorization; and they may be granted
permission to travel. Applicants must show that they came to the US on
or before March 29, 2012 and have been continually residing in the
country. Applications for TPS registration must be submitted by
September 25, 2012. TPS does not provide a path to permanent resident
status ("green card") or any other long term status; however, TPS
holders may apply for any other status for which they are eligible. When a TPS designation is terminated, TPS holders revert to the same
immigration status they maintained before
TPS, if that status remains valid, or to any other status they may have obtained while registered for TPS.
Please share this very important news with anyone you know who may be in need of applying for TPS.
This is a great opportunity to help Syrians and protect them from having to return to the unstable situation currently in Syria, while providing them with legal status in the U.S. with the ability to work and travel.
For Further Assistance please contact the following lawyers:
Anne Zeitoun-Sedki, Esq. /s/
The Law Office of Anne Z. Sedki, LLC
600 Superior Avenue East
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Office: (216) 245-3451
Fax: (216) 504-0902
*Licensed in the states of Ohio and New Jersey
Philip Eichorn, Esq.