Split TPS Decision for Sudan and South Sudan

Split TPS Decision for Sudan and South SudanSudanese nationals no longer require the renewal of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), but an ongoing armed conflict in South Sudan means nationals of this African country maintain the status. With these decisions, arrived at by Acting Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Elaine Duke, the designation ends for Sudanese nationals on Nov. 2, 2018, and continues for South Sudanese nationals through May 2, 2019.

For Sudan, DHS extended TPS for a period of 12 months “to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates,” according to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) release.

While TPS benefits will end in November next year, Sudanese beneficiaries of the status still hold any other immigration status acquired or maintained with the simultaneous TPS designation. “The Department of Homeland Security urges individuals who do not have another immigration status to use the time before the termination becomes effective in November to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible.”

On the other hand, when current beneficiaries of South Sudan’s TPS designation re-register and request a new employment authorization document (EAD), they receive an automatic extension of expiring EADs for up to 180 days from their current expiration date. 

With the approval of an extended EAD request, the new expiration date extends to May 2019.

After consulting with the appropriate U.S. government agencies, and reviewing country conditions” according to another release,“ acting Secretary Duke determined that an 18

-month extension of South Sudan for TPS is necessary because the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions that prompted the 2016 TPS redesignation have persisted.”

Although DHS’ continued TPS designation, the department also stresses that beneficiaries take on a sense of urgency around their immigration paperwork, urging them to “re-register and file their EAD applications as early as possible to avoid lapses in documentation of employment authorization.”

Additional information about TPS for both Sudan and South Sudan, including guidance around eligibility requirements and where to file the paperwork,is available online at uscis.gov/tps.