Washington, DC - The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) expresses its appreciation to the United States Department of Homeland Security for extending and redesignating Temporary Protected Status for the country of Syria. This action, taken partly in response to a March request filed by CDS and the American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS), will allow thousands of Syrians to safely and legally remain and work in the United States without fear of deportation or punishment.
The decision extends and redesignates Syria from October 1, 2016 until March 31, 2018. As such, current beneficiaries will retain their status, as long as they continue to meet requirements, while additional Syrians seeking protection will be newly eligible to apply.
"We extend our deep gratitude to the Department of Homeland Security for renewing its offer to protect Syrians of all stripes fleeing the tyranny of Assad and his allies, as well as the inhumanity of ISIS," said Muna Jondy, CDS Chair of Government Relations. "Safe from the violence in their homeland, Syrians living with the continued welcome of the United States can have the opportunities to work and contribute to creative solutions to bring an end to this brutal conflict."
In the upcoming weeks, CDS will host an information session for anyone seeking more information on how to submit a TPS application or to renew their status. Details will follow shortly.