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Homeland Security Extends Temporary Protected Status for Sudan

Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, has extended Sudan’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months. Conditions in Sudan have been cited as unsafe for nationals to return due to the ongoing armed conflict. The extended designation will be effective from May 3, 2016, until Nov. 2, 2017. 

Current TPS Sudan beneficiaries who need to extend their status will need to re-register during a 60-day window spanning from Jan. 25, 2016 until March 25, 2016. It is advised that the re-registration take place as soon as possible. 

The 18 month extension will also mean that those who re-register will be able to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD).  Re-registrants who do so during the 60 day period will receive an EAD with a Nov. 2, 2017 expiration date. For EAD applicants who will not receive their EAD until after the current expiration date of May 2, 2016, USCIS will automatically extend current TPS Sudan EAD expirations to Nov. 2, 2016. 

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Kristen Ng, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Nortrhern Virginia, Immigration Law Attorney

Kristen W. Ng focuses her practice on business immigration and compliance matters. She advises individuals and companies on a wide range of immigration matters, including nonimmigrant and immigrant employment-based cases, citizenship issues (acquisition, retention and relinquishment) and investor cases (E-2 and EB-5). She communicates directly with clients, including HR managers, high-level executives, and employees to ensure comprehension of each respective immigration process and procedure and to collaboratively produce the best immigration strategy and approach for...