Yesterday, the USCIS announced that it will designate Syria for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months. Temporary Protected Status or “TPS” allows nationals of Syria present in the United States as of March 29, 2012, who can prove continuous residence and physical presence in the United States and meet the other requirements to apply for this status. TPS will allow eligible individuals to remain in the United States temporarily and to obtain employment authorization. For more information you may link to the USCIS website through our “Resources” page. The application period extends to September 25, 2012. For assistance with a TPS application or to discuss whether you meet the eligibility criteria, call or email us through our “Contact Us” page.