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Temporary Protected Status for Syrians in the U.S.

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  • Dr. Jacob Mathew
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 31, 2012
      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.


      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
      Suite 1300
      Cleveland, Ohio 44114
      Office: (216) 245-3451
      Fax: (216) 504-0902
      *Licensed in the states of Ohio and New Jersey
      Philip Eichorn, Esq.
      phone 216.970.7102
      fax 216.916.4437
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