Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made two important announcements regarding temporary protected status (TPS) for individuals from Syria and El Salvador. TPS is a benefit available to eligible individuals from specific countries that have been designated as in need of temporary protection due to conditions such as armed conflict, natural disasters, or other extraordinary circumstances.

On January 5, 2015, DHS announced that it is redesigning Syria for TPS and extending the current designation through September 30, 2016. If you are a Syrian national and have never applied for TPS, you must apply by July 6, 2015. If you already have TPS, you must apply to extend you status by March 6, 2015.

On January 7, 2015, DHS announced that it is extending TPS for El Salvador. Current beneficiaries of TPS must apply to extend their status by March 9, 2015.

If you are a national of Syria or El Salvador and you have questions about your eligibility to apply for or renew your TPS, do not hesitate to contact us.