The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Sudan and an extension and re-designation of TPS for South Sudan, both valid for 18 months.

Key Points:

  • The TPS designation for Sudan will allow Sudanese nationals and individuals without nationality who last resided in Sudan to obtain TPS if they meet eligibility requirements and can show continuous residence in the U.S. since March 1, 2022.
    • Existing TPS Sudan beneficiates will keep their TPS through Dec. 31, 2022, but are encouraged to register under the new designation to receive TPS benefits for the 18-month period and to avoid gaps in coverage.
    • DHS said a forthcoming Federal Register notice for Sudan would explain the procedures necessary to re-register or submit an initial registration application and apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
  • The extension and re-designation of TPS for South Sudan will be in effect from May 3, 2022, through Nov. 3, 2023, and will allow South Sudanese nationals who have continuously resided in the U.S. since March 1, 2022, to file initial applications.
    • Currently eligible TPS South Sudan beneficiaries can re-register and keep TPS through Nov. 3, 2023, as long as TPS eligibility requirements are met.
    • A Federal Register notice for TPS for South Sudan is available here.

Additional Information: The decision to add Sudan under TPS was made due to the recent military takeover of Sudan’s government, political instability and ongoing humanitarian crisis. The decision to extend TPS for South Sudan citizens was made due to the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions that prevent individuals from returning safely, DHS said.

The new designation of Sudan and extension and re-designation of South Sudan permits additional eligible Sudanese and South Sudanese nationals to apply or re-apply for TPS and EADs. BAL will provide additional information as it becomes available.

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