Syrian nationals residing in the United States may begin the application process to remain in the United States due to the violent, deteriorating situation in the country of Syria. As of March 29, 2012, eligible Syrian nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) may apply for Temporary Protected Status. This status will remain in effect through September 30, 2013, unless extended to a later date by the United States government. Temporary Protected Status means that eligible Syrian nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) will not be removed from the United States, and may request employment authorization. The USCIS will only accept applications filed from March 29, 2012 until September 25, 2012. The eligibility requirements for Syrians(and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) include being able to demonstrate their continued presence and residence in the United States since March 29, 2012, and the applicant must pass a security check. Individuals who pose a threat to the national security, or who have criminal records, are not eligible for Temporary Protected Status and will be denied. In any circumstance in which you, a friend, or family member is seeking Temporary Protected Status or has other Immigration issues, you should always take the time to discuss the situation with an experienced Immigration lawyer, such as the attorneys at ** Hilf & Hilf, PLC. The failure to **retain an experienced Immigration lawyer may turn out to be your greatest regret, and may carry a greater personal cost to you and your family down the road. Sometimes in life you only have one opportunity to obtain the right result. ** Hiring the right Immigration lawyer** may be one of the most important decisions you make for yourself and your family. There are many lawyers who claim to do more than what they are able - just as there are many surgeons in the world that are no better than butchers. Do not settle for a legal hack job. Practicing law is a skill that develops over time with experience, commitment, dedication, and God given talent. There are no amateur attorneys at ** Hilf & Hilf, PLC** – only professionals that are guided by the humanity in the individuals we serve, and the drive not to settle for what is easy over what is right.