As many in the Miami area are aware, at the end of 2010, what is known as the Arab Spring began when residents of a couple Arab countries began to wage protests and staged demonstrations seeking revolutions. Since then, the movement has spread to numerous other countries. This movement has left many residents of the affected countries in danger of losing their lives. Syria is one of the countries currently in this position.
Much of the world has been watching countries facing unrest throughout the globe to see how matters will play out. Now the United States has taken steps to protect Syrians who have been in the country on a visa by designating the country as one eligible for Temporary Protected Status.
Countries that receive this designation are facing situations which make it a difficult place to remains such as civil unrest or environmental disasters.
According to an official with the Department of Homeland Security, it is possible that between 2,500 and 3,000 residents from Syrian who are currently in the country on a visa could stay an additional year and a half. No one who is considered to be a threat to national security or a criminal will be allowed to remain.
Before someone would be allowed to extend their stay in the country he or she would need to file an application seeking Temporary Protected Status. The U.S began accepting the applications this week. As a part of the process background checks will be completed on all who apply.
Immigration matters are generally complex. Accordingly, anyone from Syria who is interested in pursuing Temporary Protected Status may find it helpful to consult an immigration attorney.
Source: CNN, "Syrians in U.S. may apply to stay under Temporary Protected Status," Carol Cratty, March 23, 2012