UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Nearly 7,000 Syrians who were granted temporary permission to live and work in the United States during their country’s ongoing civil war will be allowed to stay in the U.S. for at least another year and a half.

On Jan. 31, the Trump administration announced that it’s extending Temporary Protected Status for Syrian immigrants by 18 months.

The Department of Homeland Security said that the ongoing situation in Syria justified allowing these Syrians to remain in the U.S.

TPS for Syrians in the U.S. was set to expire in March.

TPS allows citizens of designated countries rattled by armed conflict or natural disaster to stay in the U.S. legally until their home nations recover.

The Trump administration has generally scaled back TPS designations, ending temporary protected status for Salvadorans, Haitians and Nicaraguans over the past year.