The Department of Homeland Security has extended certain benefits for Syrian nationals affected by the unrest in their native country. This includes an extension of the suspension of certain requirements for employment authorization for F-1 nonimmigrant students and an extension of the designation of Syria for TPS for 18 months.

Specific requirements for employment authorization for Syrian F-1 nonimmigrant students who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of civil unrest in Syria since March 2011 has been extended through September 30, 2016. The designation of Syria for Temporary Protected Status has been extended for 18 months from April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016, with the re-registration period running from January 5, 2015 through March 6, 2015.