Depending on with whom you speak there is an armed conflict, civil war, or massacre that is ongoing in Syria. For clarity purposes, I will be using the term civil war.
Since 2011 between 20,000 and 30,000 individuals have been killed in Syria. Efforts by the United Nations to broker a cease fire have failed. The government refuses to step down and transfer power.
Consequently, there are many Syrians who have fled the country and fear for their lives if they return. Alternatively, there are Syrian nationals who have traveled to the United States for a variety of reasons and whose visas are expiring. These individuals also fear returning to Syria.
Beginning in 1990, the United States government began the program of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in order to allow immigrants from “devastated” countries to remain in the United States for limited periods of time. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the responsibility of naming the countries whose nationals may apply for TPS in the United States.
The primary basis for Temporary Protected Status is humanitarian in nature. Devastation means not only war, but floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters as well.
The Department of Homeland Security has named Syria as one of those countries. As a result, Syrian nationals who have overstayed their visas or are otherwise out of status in the United States may be granted temporary legal status.
A granting of TPS also provides individuals work authorization so they may work legally in the United States.
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