Immigration Newsletter

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

USCIS - DHS Announces Redesignations and 18-Month Extensions of Temporary Protected Status for Sudan and South Sudan

USCIS - DHS Announces Redesignations and 18-Month Extensions of Temporary Protected Status for Sudan and South Sudan


Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today redesignated Sudan and South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designations for the two countries from May 3, 2013, through Nov. 2, 2014. This allows eligible nationals of the two countries to register or re-register for TPS in accordance with notices for Sudan and South Sudan published today in the Federal Register. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages eligible individuals to register or re-register as soon as possible. 
Who’s Eligible
Current TPS Status
When to File
Sudanese and South Sudanese nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Sudan or South Sudan)
Have TPS
Must re-register during 60-day re-registration period that runs from Jan. 9, 2013, through March 11, 2013.
Do Not Have TPS
May apply for TPS during a six-month registration period that runs from Jan. 9, 2013, through July 8, 2013.
The extensions and redesignations of Sudan and South Sudan for TPS are based on ongoing armed conflict in that region and the continuation of extraordinary and temporary conditions that led to the TPS designations of Sudan in 2004 and South Sudan in 2011. Secretary Napolitano determined that extending the existing TPS designations, as well as redesignating the two countries for TPS, is warranted based on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State reviews of country conditions conducted during the past year.
The Secretary has further determined that it is appropriate to designate Jan. 9, 2013, as the date by which Sudan and South Sudan TPS applicants must show they have continuously resided in the United States (i.e., the "continuous residence date").
DHS anticipates that approximately 300 individuals will be eligible to re-register for TPS under the existing designations of Sudan and South Sudan, and fewer than 4,000 additional individuals will be eligible for TPS under the redesignations.