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  • News: USCIS, DHS Notice on Extension and Redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status

    Federal Register, Volume 81 Issue 147 (Monday, August 1, 2016)
    [Federal Register Volume 81, Number 147 (Monday, August 1, 2016)]
    [Notices]
    [Pages 50533-50541]
    From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
    [FR Doc No: 2016-17933]
    
    
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    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
    
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    
    [CIS No. 2586-16; DHS Docket No. USCIS-2013-0001]
    RIN 1615-ZB54
    
    
    Extension and Redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected 
    Status
    
    AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of 
    Homeland Security.
    
    ACTION: Notice.
    
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    SUMMARY: Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
    announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is 
    extending the designation of the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) for 
    Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from October 1, 2016 
    through March 31, 2018, and redesignating Syria for TPS for 18 months, 
    effective October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2018.
        The extension allows TPS beneficiaries to retain TPS through March 
    31, 2018, so long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements 
    for TPS. The redesignation
    
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    of Syria allows additional individuals who have been continuously 
    residing in the United States since August 1, 2016 to obtain TPS, if 
    otherwise eligible. The Secretary has determined that an extension of 
    the current designation and a redesignation of Syria for TPS are 
    warranted because the ongoing armed conflict and other extraordinary 
    and temporary conditions that prompted the 2015 TPS redesignation have 
    not only persisted, but have deteriorated, and because the ongoing 
    armed conflict in Syria and other extraordinary and temporary 
    conditions would pose a serious threat to the personal safety of Syrian 
    nationals if they were required to return to their country.
        Through this Notice, DHS also sets forth procedures necessary for 
    nationals of Syria (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually 
    resided in Syria) either to: (1) Re-register under the extension if 
    they already have TPS and to apply for renewal of their Employment 
    Authorization Documents (EADs) with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 
    Services (USCIS); or, (2) submit an initial registration application 
    under the redesignation and apply for an EAD.
        For individuals who have already been granted TPS under the 2012 
    original Syria designation or under the 2013 or 2015 Syria 
    redesignations, the 60-day re-registration period runs from August 1, 
    2016 through September 30, 2016. USCIS will issue new EADs with a March 
    31, 2018 expiration date to eligible Syria TPS beneficiaries who timely 
    re-register and apply for EADs under this extension. Given the 
    timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registration applications, 
    DHS recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive new EADs before 
    their current EADs expire on September 30, 2016. Accordingly, through 
    this Notice, DHS automatically extends the validity of EADs issued 
    under the TPS designation of Syria for 6 months, through March 31, 
    2017, and explains how TPS beneficiaries and their employers may 
    determine which EADs are automatically extended and their impact on 
    Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) and E-Verify processes.
        Under the redesignation, individuals who currently do not have TPS 
    (or an initial TPS application pending) may submit an initial 
    application during the 180-day initial registration period that runs 
    from August 1, 2016 through January 30, 2017. In addition to 
    demonstrating continuous residence in the United States since August 1, 
    2016 and meeting other eligibility criteria, initial applicants for TPS 
    under this redesignation must demonstrate that they have been 
    continuously physically present in the United States since October 1, 
    2016, the effective date of this redesignation of Syria, before USCIS 
    may grant them TPS.
        TPS initial applications that were either filed during the 2013 
    redesignation or during the 2015 Syria redesignation and remain pending 
    on August 1, 2016 will be treated as initial applications under this 
    2016 redesignation. Individuals who have a pending initial Syria TPS 
    application will not need to file a new Application for Temporary 
    Protected Status (Form I-821). DHS provides additional instructions in 
    this Notice for individuals whose TPS applications remain pending and 
    who would like to obtain an EAD valid through March 31, 2018.
    
    DATES: Extension of Designation of Syria for TPS: The 18-month 
    extension of the TPS designation of Syria is effective October 1, 2016, 
    and will remain in effect through March 31, 2018. The 60-day re-
    registration period runs from August 1, 2016 through September 30, 
    2016.
        Redesignation of Syria for TPS: The redesignation of Syria for TPS 
    is effective October 1, 2016, and will remain in effect through March 
    31, 2018, a period of 18 months. The 180-day initial registration 
    period for new applicants under the Syria TPS redesignation runs from 
    August 1, 2016 through January 30, 2017.
    
    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
         For further information on TPS, including guidance on the 
    application process and additional information on eligibility, please 
    visit the USCIS TPS Web page at http://www.uscis.gov/tps.
         You can find specific information about this extension and 
    redesignation of Syria for TPS by selecting ``TPS Designated Country: 
    Syria'' from the menu on the left side of the TPS Web page. You can 
    also contact Jerry Rigdon, Chief of the Waivers and Temporary Services 
    Branch, Service Center Operations Directorate, U.S. Citizenship and 
    Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts 
    Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529-2060; or by phone at (202) 272-1533 
    (this is not a toll-free number). Note: The phone number provided here 
    is solely for questions regarding this TPS Notice. It is not for 
    individual case status inquiries.
         Applicants seeking information about the status of their 
    individual cases can check Case Status Online, available at the USCIS 
    Web site at http://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS National Customer 
    Service Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833).
         Further information will also be available at local USCIS 
    offices upon publication of this Notice.
    
    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    
    Table of Abbreviations
    
    BIA--Board of Immigration Appeals
    DHS--Department of Homeland Security
    DOS--Department of State
    EAD--Employment Authorization Document
    FNC--Final Nonconfirmation
    Government--U.S. Government
    IJ--Immigration Judge
    INA--Immigration and Nationality Act
    OHCHR--Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
    OSC--U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel for 
    Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices
    SARG--Syrian Arab Republic Government
    SAVE--USCIS Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program
    Secretary--Secretary of Homeland Security
    TNC--Tentative Nonconfirmation
    TPS--Temporary Protected Status
    TTY--Text Telephone
    UN--United Nations
    UNHCR--United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
    UNICEF--United Nations Children's Emergency Fund
    USAID--U.S. Agency for International Development
    USCIS--U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    WFP--World Food Programme
    WHO--World Health Organization
    
    What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?
    
         TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible 
    nationals of a country designated for TPS under the Immigration and 
    Nationality Act (INA), or to eligible persons without nationality who 
    last habitually resided in the designated country.
         During the TPS designation period, TPS beneficiaries are 
    eligible to remain in the United States and may obtain work 
    authorization, so long as they continue to meet the requirements of 
    TPS.
         TPS beneficiaries may also be granted travel authorization 
    as a matter of discretion.
         The granting of TPS does not result in or lead to 
    permanent resident status.
         When the Secretary terminates a country's TPS designation, 
    beneficiaries return to the same immigration status they maintained 
    before TPS, if any (unless that status has since expired or been 
    terminated), or to any other lawfully obtained immigration status they 
    received while registered for TPS.
    
    When was Syria designated for TPS?
    
        On March 29, 2012, the Secretary designated Syria for TPS based on
    
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    extraordinary and temporary conditions within that country that 
    prevented Syrian nationals and those with no nationality who last 
    resided in Syria from returning to Syria in safety. See Designation of 
    Syrian Arab Republic for Temporary Protected Status, 77 FR 19026 (March 
    29, 2012), and correction at 77 FR 20046 (April 3, 2012); see also INA 
    section 244(b)(1)(C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(C). In 2013, the Secretary 
    both extended Syria's designation and redesignated Syria for TPS for 18 
    months through March 31, 2015. See Extension and Redesignation of Syria 
    for Temporary Protected Status, 78 FR 36223 (Jun. 17, 2013). The 2013 
    redesignation of Syria for TPS added the ongoing armed conflict in 
    Syria as an additional basis for TPS. In 2015, the Secretary both 
    extended Syria's designation and redesignated Syria for TPS for 18 
    months through September 30, 2016. See Extension and Redesignation of 
    Syria for Temporary Protected Status, 80 FR 245 (January 5, 2015). This 
    announcement is the fourth designation of TPS for Syria and the third 
    extension since the initial designation in 2012.
    
    What authority does the Secretary have to extend the designation of 
    Syria for TPS?
    
        Section 244(b)(1) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1), authorizes the 
    Secretary, after consultation with appropriate U.S. Government 
    (Government) agencies, to designate a foreign state (or part thereof) 
    for TPS if the Secretary finds that certain country conditions 
    exist.\1\ The Secretary may then grant TPS to eligible nationals of 
    that foreign state (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually 
    resided in that state). See INA section 244(a)(1)(A), 8 U.S.C. 
    1254a(a)(1)(A).
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        \1\ As of March 1, 2003, in accordance with section 1517 of 
    title XV of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, 
    116 Stat. 2135, any reference to the Attorney General in a provision 
    of the INA describing functions transferred from the Department of 
    Justice to DHS ``shall be deemed to refer to the Secretary'' of 
    Homeland Security. See 6 U.S.C. 557 (codifying the Homeland Security 
    Act of 2002, tit. XV, section 1517).
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        At least 60 days before the expiration of a country's TPS 
    designation or extension, the Secretary, after consultation with 
    appropriate Government agencies, must review the conditions in a 
    foreign state designated for TPS to determine whether the conditions 
    for the TPS designation continue to be met. See INA section 
    244(b)(3)(A), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A). If the Secretary determines that 
    a foreign state continues to meet the conditions for TPS designation, 
    the designation may be extended for an additional period of 6, 12 or 18 
    months. See INA section 244(b)(3)(C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(C). If the 
    Secretary determines that the foreign state no longer meets the 
    conditions for TPS designation, the Secretary must terminate the 
    designation. See INA section 244(b)(3)(B), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(B).
    
    What is the Secretary's authority to redesignate Syria for TPS?
    
        In addition to extending an existing TPS designation, the 
    Secretary, after consultation with appropriate Government agencies, may 
    redesignate a country (or part thereof) for TPS. See INA section 
    244(b)(1), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1); see also INA section 244(c)(1)(A)(i), 
    8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(1)(A)(i) (requiring that ``the alien has been 
    continuously physically present since the effective date of the most 
    recent designation of the state'') (emphasis added). This is one of 
    numerous instances in which the Secretary, and prior to the 
    establishment of DHS, the Attorney General, has simultaneously extended 
    a country's TPS designation and redesignated the country for TPS. See, 
    e.g., Extension and Redesignation of Syria for Temporary Protected 
    Status, 78 FR 36223 (Jun. 17, 2013); Extension and Redesignation of 
    Sudan for Temporary Protected Status, 78 FR 1872 (Jan. 9, 2013); 
    Extension and Redesignation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status, 76 
    FR 29000 (May 19, 2011); Extension of Designation and Redesignation of 
    Liberia Under Temporary Protected Status Program, 62 FR 16608 (Apr. 7, 
    1997) (discussing legal authority for redesignation of a country for 
    TPS).
        When the Secretary designates or redesignates a country for TPS, he 
    also has the discretion to establish the date from which TPS applicants 
    must demonstrate that they have been ``continuously resid[ing]'' in the 
    United States. See INA section 244(c)(1)(A)(ii), 8 U.S.C. 
    1254a(c)(1)(A)(ii). This discretion permits the Secretary to tailor the 
    ``continuous residence'' date to offer TPS to the group of eligible 
    individuals that the Secretary deems appropriate.
        The Secretary has determined that the ``continuous residence'' date 
    for applicants for TPS under the redesignation of Syria shall be August 
    1, 2016. Initial applicants for TPS under this redesignation must also 
    show they have been ``continuously physically present'' in the United 
    States since October 1, 2016, which is the effective date of the 
    Secretary's redesignation of Syria. See INA section 244(c)(1)(A)(i), 8 
    U.S.C. 1254a(c)(1)(A)(i). For each initial TPS application filed under 
    the redesignation, the final determination of whether the applicant has 
    met the ``continuous physical presence'' requirement cannot be made 
    until October 1, 2016. USCIS, however, will issue EADs, as appropriate, 
    during the registration period in accordance with 8 CFR 244.5(b).
        Why is the Secretary extending the TPS designation for Syria and 
    simultaneously redesignating Syria for TPS through March 31, 2018?
        Over the past year, DHS and the Department of State (DOS) have 
    continued to review conditions in Syria. Based on this review and after 
    consulting with DOS, the Secretary has determined that an 18-month 
    extension and redesignation is warranted because the ongoing armed 
    conflict and other extraordinary and temporary conditions that prompted 
    the January 5, 2015 redesignation continue to exist. Furthermore, the 
    Secretary has decided the conditions warrant changing the ``continuous 
    residence'' date so as to provide TPS protection to eligible Syrian 
    nationals who arrived between January 5, 2015 and August 1, 2016. The 
    ``continuous physical presence'' date must be the effective date of the 
    redesignation, which the Secretary has established as October 1, 2016, 
    so that individuals granted TPS under the redesignation will have TPS 
    for the same 18-month period through March 31, 2018 as TPS 
    beneficiaries re-registering under the extension. See INA section 
    244(c)(1)(A)(i); 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(1)(A)(i).
        Violent conflict and the deteriorating humanitarian crisis continue 
    to pose significant risk throughout Syria. Hundreds of thousands have 
    been killed as a result of ongoing violence. Concerns for health and 
    safety have led to largescale civilian displacement within Syria and 
    migrations to neighboring countries and Europe. As of May 2016, the 
    U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) reports that 13.5 
    million people worldwide are in need of humanitarian assistance as a 
    result of armed conflict in Syria. In May 2016, the United Nations 
    Special Envoy for Syria has estimated that as many as 400,000 
    individuals have been killed, and 1.5 million injured since the 
    violence began in 2011. According to information from USAID, as of 
    March 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 
    had registered 4.8 million refugees in neighboring countries, and 6.5 
    million people were internally displaced Syria.
        Syria's lengthy civil conflict has resulted in high levels of food
    
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    insecurity, limited access to water and medical care, and massive 
    destruction of Syria's infrastructure. Attacks against civilians, the 
    use of chemical weapons and irregular warfare tactics, as well as 
    forced conscription and use of child soldiers have intensified the 
    humanitarian crisis. USAID reports reductions in agricultural 
    production, widespread displacement, disruption of markets and 
    transportation, elimination of bread subsidies, damage to 
    infrastructure including mills and bakeries, and loss of livelihoods 
    are contributing to unprecedented food insecurity in Syria. As of 2015, 
    it was estimated that over 6.3 million people within Syria, as well as 
    3 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries are in need of 
    emergency food assistance. In late 2015, due to significant funding 
    deficits, food assistance distributed by the United Nation's World Food 
    Programme (WFP) and 37 other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) 
    reduced the level of assistance provided to 1.3 million Syrian refugees 
    by 50 percent. According to information from USAID, WFP continues to 
    face funding shortages for its programs in 2016, and is currently 
    providing monthly food assistance to 1.4 million refugees and over 4 
    million people inside Syria.
        Water availability in Syria has decreased to less than 50 percent 
    of its pre- civil war levels. United Nations Children's Emergency Fund 
    (UNICEF) reported that in 2015 alone, as many as 5 million people 
    living in cities and communities across the country have suffered the 
    consequences of long and sometimes deliberate interruptions to their 
    water supplies. Additionally, strikes against population centers in the 
    course of military operations has resulted in wide-scale destruction of 
    water supply networks and infrastructure. According to information from 
    USAID, between January and March 2016, 16 million Syrians relied on 
    water assistance from the International Committee of the Red Cross and 
    the Syrian Arab Red Crescent for survival.
        Water scarcity as a result of power outages and limited access to 
    fuel has caused numerous health and financial issues for families in 
    Damascus, Aleppo, the southern city of Dera'a, and other areas. 
    According to information from USAID, UNICEF reported in May 2016 that 
    fuel supplies to the Sulaiman Al-Halabi and Bab Alnerab pumping 
    stations were cut off, thus depriving 2 million people access to clean 
    water. Additionally, water prices have dramatically increased, with 
    cities like Aleppo seeing upwards of a 3,000 percent increase in the 
    cost of clean water. Unable to afford the rising cost of limited clean 
    water supplies, families rely on dirty water from unprotected and 
    unregulated groundwater sources. As a result, UNICEF reports increased 
    cases of typhoid, diarrhea, hepatitis, and other diseases in children 
    and other at-risk populations.
        Civilian health needs continue to rise as Syria's health system 
    deteriorates. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 58 
    percent of public hospitals were either partially functional or 
    completely destroyed as of September 2015. Syrian medical personnel and 
    facilities have been repeatedly struck in the course of military 
    operations, particularly Syrian government air operations.
        In early 2015, the WHO reported that the conflict has significantly 
    impacted the ability for NGOs to deliver medical aid into and 
    throughout Syria. Between 2011 and April 2016, Physicians for Human 
    Rights reports that 738 medical personnel have been killed and 259 
    medical facilities indiscriminately or deliberately attacked. The 
    organization reports that government forces use ``double tap'' tactics, 
    attacking a site and then attacking it again once first responders 
    arrive. Physicians for Human Rights documented 122 attacks on medical 
    facilities in 2015, the highest rate of attacks on hospitals since the 
    start of the conflict. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human 
    Rights (OHCHR) reported an increase in miscarriages, birth defects, and 
    infant mortality. NGOs operating near major population centers, such as 
    Aleppo, reported on outbreaks of cholera, typhoid, scabies and 
    tuberculosis among the populations.
        As of November 2015, Syria's civil war has caused over $270 billion 
    in damages to the country's infrastructure. An estimated 2.1 million 
    homes, half of the country's hospitals, and over 7,000 schools have 
    been destroyed due to the conflict. Population centers such as Raqqah, 
    Homs, and Aleppo, valued for their strategic positions by the 
    opposition, extremists, and government forces, have become targets of 
    military operations from all sides of the conflict. For example, within 
    the city of Kobane, after 4 months of fighting between Kurdish and 
    Islamic State forces, over 3,200 buildings were damaged. In Aleppo, at 
    least 14,000 structures were damaged or destroyed, mostly by government 
    airstrikes, with an additional unknown number of buildings destroyed as 
    a result of front line conflict.
        The recruitment and use of child soldiers has become 
    ``commonplace'' in the Syrian armed conflict according to a 2015 United 
    Nations report. Forced conscription has affected the Syrian population 
    more broadly as the conflict persists into its 6th year. While 
    mandatory military service is a longstanding practice in Syria, the 
    government strengthened its enforcement measures in 2014 and 2015. High 
    rates of draft-dodging, desertions, and defections have left the Syrian 
    military lacking sufficient manpower. In response, the Assad regime has 
    launched large-scale arrests of military-age men through raids and 
    checkpoints. For example, over the course of a 4-day period in October 
    2014, more than 2,600 men were detained for service by government 
    forces in the cities of Hama and Homs. Once detained, conscripts 
    usually receive minimal training, and are often deployed to a frontline 
    position within days of their arrest. Furthermore, conscripts have 
    reported being held beyond the normal term of 18 months and forced to 
    extend through multiple tours of duty.
        Daily bombings of homes, marketplaces, schools, hospitals, and 
    places of worship have become commonplace for Syrian civilians living 
    in major cities. The use of barrel bombs by the Assad regime is an 
    ongoing occurrence in major population centers. Human Rights Watch 
    reports that the Syrian military has dropped dozens of barrel bombs a 
    day on opposition-held neighborhoods in Aleppo, Idlib, Dara'a and 
    elsewhere. Amnesty International reports that relentless aerial 
    bombardment and shelling by Syrian government forces is magnifying the 
    suffering of civilians trapped under siege and facing an escalating 
    humanitarian crisis in the Eastern Ghouta region. Between January and 
    June 2015, the report indicates, Syrian government forces carried out 
    over 60 airstrikes that resulted in over 500 civilian deaths.
        As of May 2016, nearly 11.3 million Syrians had been displaced from 
    their homes since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, with over 1.2 
    million estimated to have been displaced in 2015 alone. According to 
    the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, nearly 50 
    percent of displaced persons are children. Furthermore, an estimated 
    4.6 million Syrians live in over 127 ``hard-to-reach'' and 18 
    ``besieged'' locations within Syria, and are unlikely to receive 
    humanitarian assistance. By May 2016, the United Nations and ground 
    partners were only able to reach 11.7 percent and 64.9 percent of 
    people in these locations, respectively. By the end of 2014, Syrians 
    represented 43 percent of all internally displaced
    
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    persons worldwide. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre reports 
    that in 2015, a family was displaced every minute as a result of the 
    protracted civil war and conflict. The humanitarian crisis in Syria 
    continues to deteriorate, and the escalation of the conflict indicates 
    that there is no immediate possibility for safe return.
        Based upon this review and after consultation with appropriate 
    Government agencies, the Secretary finds that:
         The conditions that prompted the January 5, 2015 
    redesignation of Syria for TPS continue to be met. See INA section 
    244(b)(3)(A) and (C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A) and (C).
         There continues to be ongoing armed conflict in Syria and, 
    due to such conflict, requiring the return of Syrian nationals to Syria 
    would pose a serious threat to their personal safety. See INA section 
    244(b)(1)(A), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(A).
         There continue to be extraordinary and temporary 
    conditions in Syria that prevent Syrian nationals from returning to 
    Syria in safety. See INA section 244(b)(1)(C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(C).
         It is not contrary to the national interest of the United 
    States to permit Syrian nationals (and persons who have no nationality 
    who last habitually resided in Syria) who meet the eligibility 
    requirements of TPS to remain in the United States temporarily. See INA 
    section 244(b)(1)(C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(C).
         The designation of Syria for TPS should be extended for an 
    additional 18-month period from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2018. 
    See INA section 244(b)(3)(C), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(C).
         Based on current country conditions, Syria should be 
    simultaneously redesignated for TPS effective October 1, 2016 through 
    March 31, 2018. See INA sections 244(b)(1)(A), (b)(1)(C), and (b)(2); 8 
    U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(A), (b)(1)(C), and (b)(2).
         TPS applicants must demonstrate that they have 
    continuously resided in the United States since August 1, 2016.
         The date by which TPS applicants must demonstrate that 
    they have been continuously physically present in the United States is 
    October 1, 2016, the effective date of the redesignation of Syria for 
    TPS.
         There are approximately 5,800 current Syrian TPS 
    beneficiaries who are expected to apply for re-registration and may be 
    eligible to retain their TPS under the extension.
         It is estimated that an additional 2,500 individuals may 
    file initial applications for TPS under the redesignation of Syria.
    
    Notice of Extension of the TPS Designation of Syria and Redesignation 
    of Syria for TPS
    
        By the authority vested in me as Secretary under INA section 244, 8 
    U.S.C. 1254a, I have determined, after consultation with the 
    appropriate Government agencies, that the conditions that prompted the 
    redesignation of Syria for TPS in 2015 not only continue to be met, but 
    have significantly deteriorated. See INA section 244(b)(3)(A), 8 U.S.C. 
    1254a(b)(3)(A). On the basis of these determinations, I am 
    simultaneously extending the existing TPS designation of Syria for 18 
    months from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2018, and redesignating 
    Syria for TPS for the same 18-month period. See INA sections 
    244(b)(1)(A), (b)(1)(C), and (b)(2); 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(A), 
    (b)(1)(C), and (b)(2). I have also determined that eligible individuals 
    must demonstrate that they have continuously resided in the United 
    States since August 1, 2016. See INA section 244(c)(1)(A)(ii), 8 U.S.C. 
    1254a(c)(1)(A)(ii).
    
    Jeh Charles Johnson,
    Secretary.
        I am currently a Syria TPS beneficiary. What should I do?
        If you filed a TPS application during the Syria TPS registration 
    periods that ran from January 5, 2015 through March 6, 2015, and that 
    application was approved prior to August 1, 2016, then you need to file 
    a re-registration application under the extension if you wish to 
    maintain TPS benefits through March 31, 2018. You must use the 
    Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-821) to re-register 
    for TPS. The 60-day open reregistration period will run from August 1, 
    2016 through September 30, 2016.
        I have a pending initial TPS application filed during the Syria TPS 
    registration period that ran from January 5, 2015 through July 6, 2015. 
    What should I do?
        If your TPS application is still pending on August 1, 2016, then 
    you do not need to file a new Application for Temporary Protected 
    Status (Form I-821). Pending TPS applications will be treated as 
    initial applications under this re-designation. Therefore, if your TPS 
    application is approved, you will be granted TPS through March 31, 
    2018. If you have a pending TPS application and you wish to have an EAD 
    valid through March 31, 2018, please refer to Table 1 to determine 
    whether you should file a new Application for Employment Authorization 
    (Form I-765).
    
         Table 1--Form and EAD Information for Pending TPS Applications
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                If . . .                   And . . .          Then . . .
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    You requested an EAD during the   You received an     You must file a
     previous initial registration     EAD with Category   new Application
     periods for Syria TPS.            C19 or A12.         for Employment
                                                           Authorization
                                                           (Form I-765) with
                                                           fee (or fee
                                                           waiver request)
                                                           if you wish to
                                                           have a new EAD
                                                           valid through
                                                           March 31, 2018.
                                      You did not         You do not need to
                                       receive an EAD      file a new
                                       with Category C19   Application for
                                       or A12.             Employment
                                                           Authorization
                                                           (Form I-765). If
                                                           your TPS
                                                           application is
                                                           approved, your
                                                           Application for
                                                           Employment
                                                           Authorization
                                                           (Form I-765) will
                                                           be approved
                                                           through March 31,
                                                           2018.
    You did not request an EAD        You wish to have    You must file a
     during the previous initial       an EAD valid        new Application
     registration period for Syria     through March 31,   for Employment
     TPS.                              2018.               Authorization
                                                           (Form I-765) with
                                                           fee (or fee
                                                           waiver request).
                                      You do not wish to  You do not need to
                                       have an EAD valid   file a new
                                       through March 31,   Application for
                                       2018.               Employment
                                                           Authorization
                                                           (Form I-765).
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        I am not a TPS beneficiary, and I do not have a TPS application 
    pending. What are the procedures for initial registration for TPS under 
    the Syria redesignation?
        If you are not a Syria TPS beneficiary or do not have a pending TPS 
    application with USCIS, you may submit your TPS application during the 
    180-day initial registration period that will run from August 1, 2016 
    through January 30, 2017.
    
    Required Application Forms and Application Fees To Register or Re-
    Register for TPS
    
        To register or re-register for TPS for Syria, an applicant must 
    submit each of the following two applications:
        1. Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-821).
         If you are filing an initial application, you must pay the 
    fee for the Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-821). 
    See 8 CFR 244.2(f)(2) and 244.6 and information on initial filing on 
    the USCIS TPS Web page at http://www.uscis.gov/tps.
         If you are filing an application for re-registration, you 
    do not need to pay the fee for the Application for Temporary Protected 
    Status (Form I-821). See 8 CFR 244.17. and
        2. Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765).
         If you are applying for initial registration and want an 
    EAD, you must pay the fee for the Application for Employment 
    Authorization (Form I-765) only if you are age 14 through 65. No fee 
    for the Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) is 
    required if you are under the age of 14 or are 66 and older and 
    applying for initial registration.
         If you are applying for re-registration and want an EAD, 
    you must pay the fee for the Application for Employment Authorization 
    (Form I-765), regardless of your age.
         If you are not requesting an EAD, regardless of whether 
    you are applying for initial registration or re-registration, you do 
    not pay the fee for the Application for Employment Authorization (Form 
    I-765).
        You must submit both completed application forms together. If you 
    are unable to pay for the application and/or biometric services fee, 
    you may apply for a fee waiver by completing a Request for Fee Waiver 
    (Form I-912) or submitting a personal letter requesting a fee waiver, 
    and by providing satisfactory supporting documentation. For more 
    information on the application forms and fees for TPS, please visit the 
    USCIS TPS Web page at http://www.uscis.gov/tps. Fees for the 
    Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-821), the 
    Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765), and biometric 
    services are also described in 8 CFR 103.7(b)(1)(i).
    
    Biometric Services Fee
    
        Biometrics (such as fingerprints) are required for all applicants 
    14 years of age or older. Those applicants must submit a biometric 
    services fee. As previously stated, if you are unable to pay for the 
    biometric services fee, you may apply for a fee waiver by completing a 
    Request for Fee Waiver (Form I-912) or by submitting a personal letter 
    requesting a fee waiver, and providing satisfactory supporting 
    documentation. For more information on the biometric services fee, 
    please visit the USCIS Web site at http://www.uscis.gov. If necessary, 
    you may be required to visit an Application Support Center to have your 
    biometrics captured.
    
    Refiling an Initial TPS Application After Receiving a Denial of a Fee 
    Waiver Request
    
        If you request a fee waiver when filing your initial TPS 
    application package and your request is denied, you may re-file your 
    application packet before the initial filing deadline of January 30, 
    2017. If you submit your application with a fee waiver request before 
    that deadline, but you receive a fee waiver denial and there are fewer 
    than 45 days before the filing deadline (or the deadline has passed), 
    you may still re-file your application within the 45-day period after 
    the date on the USCIS fee waiver denial notice. Your application will 
    not be rejected even if the filing deadline has passed, provided it is 
    mailed within those 45 days and all other required information for the 
    application is included. Note: If you wish, you may also wait to 
    request an EAD and pay the Application for Employment Authorization 
    (Form I-765) fee after USCIS grants you TPS, if you are found eligible. 
    If you choose to do this, you would file the Application for Temporary 
    Protected Status (Form I-821) with the fee and the Application for 
    Employment Authorization (Form I-765) without fee and without 
    requesting an EAD.
    
    Re-Filing a TPS Re-Registration Application After Receiving a Denial of 
    a Fee Waiver Request
    
        USCIS urges all re-registering applicants to file as soon as 
    possible within the 60-day re-registration period so that USCIS can 
    process the applications and issue EADs promptly. Filing early will 
    also allow those applicants who may receive denials of their fee waiver 
    requests to have time to re-file their applications before the re-
    registration deadline. If, however, an applicant receives a denial of 
    his or her fee waiver request and is unable to re-file by the re-
    registration deadline, the applicant may still re-file his or her 
    application. This situation will be reviewed to determine whether the 
    applicant has established good cause for late re-registration. However, 
    applicants are urged to re-file within 45 days of the date on their 
    USCIS fee waiver denial notice, if at all possible. See INA section 
    244(c)(3)(C); 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(3)(C); 8 CFR 244.17(c). For more 
    information on good cause for late re-registration, visit the USCIS TPS 
    Web page at http://www.uscis.gov/tps. Note: As previously stated, 
    although a re-registering TPS beneficiary age 14 and older must pay the 
    biometric services fee (but not the initial TPS application fee) when 
    filing a TPS re-registration application, the applicant may decide to 
    wait to request an EAD, and therefore not pay the Application for 
    Employment Authorization (Form I-765) fee, until after USCIS has 
    approved the individual's TPS re-registration, if he or she is 
    eligible.
    
    Mailing Information
    
        Mail your application for TPS to the proper address in Table 2.
    
                           Table 2--Mailing Addresses
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
                     If . . .                           Mail to . . .
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    You are applying through the U.S. Postal    USCIS, Attn: TPS Syria, P.O.
     Service.                                    Box 6943, Chicago, IL 60680-
                                                 6943.
    You are using a non-U.S. Postal Service     USCIS, Attn: TPS Syria, 131
     delivery service.                           S. Dearborn 3rd Floor,
                                                 Chicago, IL 60603-5517.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
        If you were granted TPS by an Immigration Judge (IJ) or the Board 
    of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and you wish to request an EAD, or are 
    re-registering for the first time following a grant of TPS by an IJ or 
    the BIA, please mail your application to the appropriate address in 
    Table 2. When submitting a re-registration application and/or 
    requesting an EAD based on an IJ/BIA grant of TPS, please include a 
    copy of the IJ or BIA order granting you TPS with your application. 
    This will aid in the verification of your grant of TPS and processing 
    of your application, as USCIS may not have received records of your 
    grant of TPS by either the IJ or the BIA.
    
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    E-Filing
    
        You cannot electronically file your application when re-registering 
    or submitting an initial registration for Syria TPS. Please mail your 
    application to the mailing address listed in Table 2.
    
    Supporting Documents
    
        The filing instructions on the Application for Temporary Protected 
    Status (Form I-821) list all the documents needed to establish basic 
    eligibility for TPS. You may also find information on the acceptable 
    documentation and other requirements for applying or registering for 
    TPS on the USCIS Web site at www.uscis.gov/tps under ``Syria.''
        Do I need to submit additional supporting documentation?
        If one or more of the questions listed in Part 4, Question 2 of the 
    Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-821) applies to you, 
    then you must submit an explanation on a separate sheet(s) of paper 
    and/or additional documentation.
    
    Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
    
        How can I obtain information on the status of my EAD request?
        To get case status information about your TPS application, 
    including the status of a request for an EAD, you can check Case Status 
    Online at http://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS National Customer 
    Service Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833). If your Application 
    for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) has been pending for more 
    than 90 days and you still need assistance, you may request an EAD 
    inquiry appointment with USCIS by using the InfoPass system at https://infopass.uscis.gov. However, we strongly encourage you first to check 
    Case Status Online or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center 
    for assistance before making an InfoPass appointment.
        Am I eligible to receive an automatic 6-month extension of my 
    current EAD through March 31, 2017?
        Provided that you currently have TPS under the Syria designation, 
    this Notice automatically extends your EAD by 6 months if you:
         Are a national of Syria (or an alien having no nationality 
    who last habitually resided in Syria);
         Received an EAD under the last extension or redesignation 
    of TPS for Syria; and
         Have an EAD with a marked expiration date of September 30, 
    2016, bearing the notation ``A-12'' or ``C-19'' on the face of the card 
    under ``Category.''
        Although this Notice automatically extends your EAD through March 
    31, 2017, you must re-register timely for TPS in accordance with the 
    procedures described in this Notice if you would like to maintain your 
    TPS.
        When hired, what documentation may I show to my employer as proof 
    of employment authorization and identity when completing Employment 
    Eligibility Verification (Form I-9)?
        You can find a list of acceptable document choices on the ``Lists 
    of Acceptable Documents'' for Employment Eligibility Verification (Form 
    I-9). You can find additional detailed information on the USCIS I-9 
    Central Web page at http://www.uscis.gov/I-9Central. Employers are 
    required to verify the identity and employment authorization of all new 
    employees by using Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). 
    Within 3 days of hire, an employee must present proof of identity and 
    employment authorization to his or her employer.
        You may present any document from List A (reflecting both your 
    identity and employment authorization), or one document from List B 
    (reflecting identity) together with one document from List C 
    (reflecting employment authorization). Or you may present an acceptable 
    receipt for List A, List B, or List C documents as described in the 
    Form I-9 Instructions. An EAD is an acceptable document under ``List 
    A.'' Employers may not reject a document based on a future expiration 
    date.
        If your EAD has an expiration date of September 30, 2016, and 
    states ``A-12'' or ``C-19'' under ``Category,'' it has been extended 
    automatically for 6 months by virtue of this Federal Register Notice, 
    and you may choose to present your EAD to your employer as proof of 
    identity and employment authorization for Employment Eligibility 
    Verification (Form I-9) through March 31, 2017 (see the subsection 
    titled ``How do my employer and I complete the Employment Eligibility 
    Verification (Form I-9) using an automatically extended EAD for a new 
    job?'' for further information). To minimize confusion over this 
    extension at the time of hire, you should explain to your employer that 
    USCIS has automatically extended your EAD through March 31, 2017. You 
    may also show your employer a copy of this Federal Register Notice 
    confirming the automatic extension of employment authorization through 
    March 31, 2017. As an alternative to presenting your automatically 
    extended EAD, you may choose to present any other acceptable document 
    from List A, a combination of one selection from List B and one 
    selection from List C, or a valid receipt.
        What documentation may I show my employer if I am already employed 
    but my current TPS-related EAD is set to expire?
        Even though EADs with an expiration date of September 30, 2016, 
    that state ``A-12'' or ``C-19'' under ``Category'' have been 
    automatically extended for 6 months by this Federal Register Notice, 
    your employer will need to ask you about your continued employment 
    authorization once March 31, 2017 is reached to meet its 
    responsibilities for Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). 
    Your employer may need to reinspect your automatically extended EAD to 
    check the expiration date and code to record the updated expiration 
    date on your Form I-9 if he or she did not keep a copy of this EAD when 
    you initially presented it. However, your employer does not need a new 
    document to reverify your employment authorization until March 31, 
    2017, the expiration date of the automatic extension. Instead, you and 
    your employer must make corrections to the employment authorization 
    expiration dates in Section 1 and Section 2 of Employment Eligibility 
    Verification (Form I-9) (see the subsection titled ``What corrections 
    should my current employer and I make to Employment Eligibility 
    Verification (Form I-9) if my EAD has been automatically extended?'' 
    for further information). In addition, you may also show this Federal 
    Register Notice to your employer to explain what to do for Employment 
    Eligibility Verification (Form I-9).
        By March 31, 2017, the expiration date of the automatic extension, 
    your employer must reverify your employment authorization. At that 
    time, you must present any document from List A or any document from 
    List C on Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) to reverify 
    employment authorization, or an acceptable List A or List C receipt 
    described in the Form I-9 Instructions. Your employer should complete 
    either Section 3 of the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) 
    originally completed for you or, if this Section has already been 
    completed or if the version of Employment Eligibility Verification 
    (Form I-9) has expired (check the date in the upper right-hand corner 
    of the form), complete Section 3 of a new Employment Eligibility 
    Verification (Form I-9) using the most current version. Note that your 
    employer may not specify which List A or List C document employees must 
    present, and cannot reject an acceptable receipt.
    
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        Can my employer require that I provide any other documentation to 
    prove my status, such as proof of my Syrian citizenship?
        No. When completing Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9), 
    including re-verifying employment authorization, employers must accept 
    any documentation that appears on the ``Lists of Acceptable Documents'' 
    for Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) that reasonably 
    appears to be genuine and that relates to you, or an acceptable List A, 
    List B, or List C receipt. Employers may not request documentation that 
    does not appear on the ``Lists of Acceptable Documents.'' Therefore, 
    employers may not request proof of Syrian citizenship or proof of re-
    registration for TPS when completing Employment Eligibility 
    Verification (Form I-9) for new hires or reverifying the employment 
    authorization of current employees. If presented with EADs that have 
    been automatically extended, employers should accept such EADs as valid 
    List A documents so long as the EADs reasonably appear to be genuine 
    and to relate to the employee. Refer to the Note to Employees section 
    of this Notice for important information about your rights if your 
    employer rejects lawful documentation, requires additional 
    documentation, or otherwise discriminates against you based on your 
    citizenship or immigration status, or your national origin.
        What happens after March 31, 2017, for purposes of employment 
    authorization?
        After March 31, 2017, employers may no longer accept the EADs that 
    this Federal Register Notice automatically extended. Before that time, 
    however, USCIS will issue new EADs to eligible TPS re-registrants who 
    request them. These new EADs will have an expiration date of March 31, 
    2018, and can be presented to your employer for completion of 
    Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). Alternatively, you may 
    choose to present any other legally acceptable document or combination 
    of documents listed on the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-
    9).
        How do my employer and I complete Employment Eligibility 
    Verification (Form I-9) using an automatically extended EAD for a new 
    job?
        When using an automatically extended EAD to complete Employment 
    Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) for a new job prior to March 31, 
    2017, you and your employer should do the following:
        1. For Section 1, you should:
        a. Check ``An alien authorized to work'';
        b. Write your alien number (USCIS number or A-number) in the first 
    space (your EAD or other document from DHS will have your USCIS number 
    or A-number printed on it; the USCIS number is the same as your A-
    number without the A prefix); and
        c. Write the automatically extended EAD expiration date (March 31, 
    2017) in the second space.
        2. For Section 2, employers should record the:
        a. Document title;
        b. Document number; and
        c. Automatically extended EAD expiration date (March 31, 2017).
        By March 31, 2017, employers must reverify the employee's 
    employment authorization in Section 3 of the Employment Eligibility 
    Verification (Form I-9).
        What corrections should my current employer and I make to 
    Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) if my EAD has been 
    automatically extended?
        If you are an existing employee who presented a TPS-related EAD 
    that was valid when you first started your job, but that EAD has now 
    been automatically extended, your employer may need to reinspect your 
    automatically extended EAD if your employer does not have a copy of the 
    EAD on file, and you and your employer should correct your previously 
    completed Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) as follows:
        1. For Section 1, you should:
        a. Draw a line through the expiration date in the second space;
        b. Write ``March 31, 2017'' above the previous date;
        c. Write ``TPS Ext.'' in the margin of Section 1; and
        d. Initial and date the correction in the margin of Section 1.
        2. For Section 2, employers should:
        a. Draw a line through the expiration date written in Section 2;
        b. Write ``March 31, 2017'' above the previous date;
        c. Write ``TPS Ext.'' in the margin of Section 2; and
        d. Initial and date the correction in the margin of Section 2.
        By March 31, 2017, when the automatic extension of EADs expires, 
    employers must reverify the employee's employment authorization in 
    Section 3.
        If I am an employer enrolled in E-Verify, what do I do when I 
    receive a ``Work Authorization Documents Expiration'' alert for an 
    automatically extended EAD?
        E-Verify automated the verification process for employees whose TPS 
    was automatically extended in a Federal Register Notice. If you have an 
    employee who is a TPS beneficiary who provided a TPS-related EAD when 
    he or she first started working for you, you will receive a ``Work 
    Authorization Documents Expiring'' case alert when the auto-extension 
    period for this EAD is about to expire. By March 31, 2017, employment 
    authorization must be reverified in Section 3. Employers should not use 
    E-Verify for reverification.
    
    Note to All Employers
    
        Employers are reminded that the laws requiring proper employment 
    eligibility verification and prohibiting unfair immigration-related 
    employment practices remain in full force. This Notice does not 
    supersede or in any way limit applicable employment verification rules 
    and policy guidance, including those rules setting forth reverification 
    requirements. For general questions about the employment eligibility 
    verification process, employers may call USCIS at 888-464-4218 (TTY for 
    the hearing impaired is at 877-875-6028) or email USCIS at I-9Central@dhs.gov. Calls and emails are accepted in English and many 
    other languages. For questions about avoiding discrimination during the 
    employment eligibility verification process (I-9 and E-Verify), 
    employers may also call the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of 
    Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices 
    (OSC) Employer Hotline at 800-255-8155 (TTY 800-237-2515), which offers 
    language interpretation in numerous languages, or email OSC at 
    osccrt@usdoj.gov.
    
    Note to Employees
    
        For general questions about the employment eligibility verification 
    process, employees may call USCIS at 888-897-7781 (TTY for the hearing 
    impaired is at 877-875-6028) or email at I-9Central@dhs.gov. Calls are 
    accepted in English, Spanish and many other languages. Employees or 
    applicants may also call the OSC Worker Information Hotline at 800-255-
    7688 (TTY 800-237-2515) for information regarding employment 
    discrimination based upon citizenship, immigration status, or national 
    origin, including discrimination related to Employment Eligibility 
    Verification (Form I-9) and E-Verify. The OSC Worker Information 
    Hotline provides language interpretation in numerous languages.
        To comply with the law, employers must accept any document or 
    combination of documents from the List of Acceptable Documents if the 
    documentation reasonably appears to be genuine and to relate to the 
    employee,
    
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    or an acceptable List A, List B, or List C receipt as described in the 
    Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) Instructions. Employers 
    may not require extra or additional documentation beyond what is 
    required for Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) completion. 
    Further, employers participating in E-Verify who receive an E-Verify 
    case result of ``Tentative Nonconfirmation'' (TNC) must promptly inform 
    employees of the TNC and give such employees an opportunity to contest 
    the TNC. A TNC case result means that the information entered into E-
    Verify from Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) differs from 
    Federal or State government records.
        Employers may not terminate, suspend, delay training, withhold pay, 
    lower pay or take any adverse action against an employee based on the 
    employee's decision to contest a TNC or because the case is still 
    pending with E-Verify. A Final Nonconfirmation (FNC) case result is 
    received when E-Verify cannot verify an employee's employment 
    eligibility. An employer may terminate employment based on a case 
    result of FNC. Work-authorized employees who receive an FNC may call 
    USCIS for assistance at 888-897-7781 (TTY for the hearing impaired is 
    at 877-875-6028). To report an employer for discrimination in the E-
    Verify process based on citizenship or immigration status, or based on 
    national origin, contact OSC's Worker Information Hotline at 800-255-
    7688 (TTY 800-237-2515). Additional information about proper 
    nondiscriminatory Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) and E-
    Verify procedures is available on the OSC Web site at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc/ and the USCIS Web site at http://www.dhs.gov/E-verify.
    
    Note Regarding Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies (Such as 
    Departments of Motor Vehicles)
    
        While Federal government agencies must follow the guidelines laid 
    out by the Federal government, state and local government agencies 
    establish their own rules and guidelines when granting certain 
    benefits. Each state may have different laws, requirements, and 
    determinations about what documents you need to provide to prove 
    eligibility for certain benefits. Whether you are applying for a 
    Federal, state, or local government benefit, you may need to provide 
    the government agency with documents that show you are a TPS 
    beneficiary and/or show you are authorized to work based on TPS. 
    Examples of such documents are:
        (1) Your unexpired EAD that has been automatically extended, or 
    your EAD that has not expired;
        (2) A copy of this Federal Register Notice if your EAD is 
    automatically extended under this Notice;
        (3) A copy of your Application for Temporary Protected Status 
    Notice of Action (Form I-797) for this re-registration;
        (4) A copy of your past or current Application for Temporary 
    Protected Status Notice of Action (Form I-797), if you received one 
    from USCIS; and/or
        (5) If there is an automatic extension of work authorization, a 
    copy of the fact sheet from the USCIS TPS Web site that provides 
    information on the automatic extension.
        Check with the government agency regarding which document(s) the 
    agency will accept. You may also provide the agency with a copy of this 
    Federal Register Notice.
        Some benefit-granting agencies use the USCIS Systematic Alien 
    Verification for Entitlements Program (SAVE) to verify the current 
    immigration status of applicants for public benefits. If such an agency 
    has denied your application based solely or in part on a SAVE response, 
    the agency must offer you the opportunity to appeal the decision in 
    accordance with the agency's procedures. If the agency has received and 
    acted upon or will act upon a SAVE verification and you do not believe 
    the response is correct, you may make an InfoPass appointment for an 
    in-person interview at a local USCIS office. Detailed information on 
    how to make corrections or make an appointment can be found at the SAVE 
    Web site at http://www.uscis.gov/save, then by choosing ``For Benefit 
    Applicants'' from the menu on the right and then selecting ``Questions 
    about Your Records?''
    [FR Doc. 2016-17933 Filed 7-29-16; 8:45 am]
     BILLING CODE 9111-97-P
    
    
    
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