The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it has designated Sudan for Temporary Protected Status and has extended TPS for South Sudan for an additional 18 months. TPS is granted to certain groups of people in the wake of natural disasters, wars, outbreaks of disease, and other catastrophes that would make it difficult for them to return safely to their home countries. Government officials periodically review the program to decide whether to extend it, and most groups have received regular extensions in the past. Click here to learn more about TPS.
The Sudan designation will take into effect upon the publication of the Federal Register notice. Sudanese applicants must have continuously resided in the United States since March 1. Those who have previously applied for Sudan based TPS must have continuously resided in the United States since January 9, 2012. TPS applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and undergo security and background checks. Those who attempt to travel to the United States after March 1, 2022, will not be eligible for TPS. Sudan’s initial TPS was terminated on November 2, 2018, however due to litigation, TPS has remained in place since. Existing TPS Sudan beneficiaries retain their TPS and TPS-related documents through December 31, 2022, and DHS will continue to extend the benefit and documents, as required by court order. However, these beneficiaries are also strongly encouraged to register under the new designation of Sudan to receive TPS benefits for the full 18-month period.
The South Sudan TPS will extend the country’s designation from May 2, 2022 to November 3, 2023. Current South Sudan TPS beneficiaries will have 60 days, from March 3, 2022 through May 2, 2022, to request an 18-month extension of status and work authorization. New applicants will have from March 3, 2022 through the November 3, 2023 end date of the re-designation period to file an initial application for TPS status and for related employment authorization documents (EADs) and travel permission.
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