5:00 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

New Syrian Refugees In U.S. Too Late For Special Visa

Originally published on Tue July 24, 2012 6:19 pm

The Obama administration has a special temporary visa extension for Syrians who've fled to the U.S., since it's unsafe for them to go home. But there's a catch. Syrians who've arrived in the last three months, when the violence really started escalating around Damascus, aren't eligible. No one thinks Syrians are going to be deported anytime soon, even if they get caught with expired visas. But without the special status, it's harder to get work or student visas.