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DHS Extends TPS for 7,000 Syrians for Next 18 Months

DHS Extends TPS for 7,000 Syrians for Next 18 Months

In the wake of the Trump administration’s decisions to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for several groups of immigrants, the administration recently announced an extension of TPS for the roughly 7,000 Syrians who are residing in the U.S. due to the ongoing civil war in their native country. For this group, TPS will last for at least another 18 months, due to the fact that the conditions that led to TPS for these individuals still exist. The U.S. first granted protection for Syrian nationals in 2012. Once the 18-month extension ends, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will reexamine the situation and determine whether a further extension of TPS status for the Syrian nationals is warranted. DHS grants TPS to individuals whose native country has been severely affected by natural disaster, war, or epidemic. Once the status is granted, it typically remains in place until DHS determines conditions are sufficiently safe for the nationals to return. TPS, however, is not a blanket program that allows all nationals from a particular country to enter the U.S., although asylum and refugee protections may be available to individuals on a case-by-case basis. The extension for Syrian natives has run counter to DHS decisions on terminating TPS for other immigrant groups, including hundreds of thousands of Central Americans who have been living in the U.S. for 20 years, on average. To date, DHS has not extended TPS protections for any other group, explaining that conditions in the other countries have stabilized to the point that immigrants safely can return to their native countries. While Syrian immigrants have received a reprieve from deportation at this point, they still must consider their options for the future. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we have represented the interests of countless clients in the state of California who are facing deportation proceedings, but who wish to remain with their families in the United States. We keep abreast of any new legal developments that can help our clients in any way. We will aggressively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, and help you settle upon the option that is best calculated to allow you and your family to live where you choose. Contact our experienced deportation defense attorneys today, and learn how we can help.

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