Monday, July 6, 2015, is the deadline for eligible Syrian nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Syria) who are in the United States to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
TPS allows foreign nationals to remain in the Unite States with employment authorization due to temporary conditions in their home country that prevent them from returning. The Secretary of Homeland Security designated Syria as a TPS country based on the ongoing armed conflict. Qualified applicants will receive TPS through September, 2016, based on the current designation period.
You can learn more about Temporary Protected Status by contacting the Davis Legal Center or at the following website: http://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/initial-registration-deadline-syria-tps-july-6-2015.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has temporarily stopped allowing nonimmigrants to extend or change their status online.
USCIS stopped accepting electronically-filed versions of Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, on June 15, 2015. Applications filed before that time will not be impacted. USCIS is using this time to update its electronic filing system to accommodate recent changes to the form.
For now, nonimmigrants who need to extend or change status should file paper versions of the form. You can find additional information about Form I-539 at the USCIS website: http://www.uscis.gov/i-539.
Emil Dixon is the founder of the Davis Legal Center, a private law office located in Davis, California.