Temporary Protected Status for Syrians
THE TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS (TPS) PROGRAM
The Obama Administration just extended TPS status for Syrians through March, 2018. This temporary status has been used to protect nationals from strife-ridden countries since its inception in 1990. Other Countries currently extended TPS protection by the U.S. are: El Salvadore, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guinea, Nepal, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Haiti, and Yemen.
The TPS program protects eligible citizens from these countries from forced return to the country during the period designated by DHS. The status given to TPS recipients is simply that of “lawful” status. They are not lawful permanent residents “LPRs”, “Green Card” holders. Their status is temporary for the authorized period, and applicants must first meet the continuous presence requirements, showing that they were physically present in the U.S. prior to the initiation of the designation.
Applicants must also pass a background check, similar to the good moral character requirements found in most other applications, with ineligibility for those found to have a Felony, or two or more misdemeanor convictions. Other grounds of inadmissibility apply, and an applicant found inadmissible must, if eligible file a separate waiver application to waive the ground of inadmissibility.