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DHS Updates Temporary Protected Status for Sudan and South Sudan

The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan will terminate in 12 months on November 2, 2018, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced on September 18, 2017. TPS is terminated when DHS determines that the country’s conditions no longer warrant such designation.

In addition, DHS announced that TPS for South Sudan has been extended for 18 months until May 2, 2019. This means that:

  • Current beneficiaries who wish to extend their status must re-register

  • The deadline for re-registration will be announced in the Federal Register during the week of September 18, 2017

  • Those who re-register and request a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) may receive an automatic extension for up to 180 days from the date their current EAD expires – but not beyond November 2, 2018, for those from Sudan

  • The USCIS encourages TPS beneficiaries to re-register and apply for EADs as early as possible to avoid gaps in employment authorization

The termination of TPS does not affect a beneficiary’s ability to maintain any other immigration status they might have acquired while on TPS. The USCIS is encouraging Sudanese holders of TPS to obtain another immigration status or arrange for their departure.

South Sudan became independent from Sudan in 2011. Secretary Duke stated that TPS for South Sudan is being extended for 18 months “because the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions that prompted the 2016 TPS redesignation have persisted.”

Previously, DHS announced that TPS for those from Haiti would terminate on January 22, 2018.

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