Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for
for 18 months. She also
designated the new Sudan for TPS
for 18 months. Both the extension and the new designation are effective Nov. 3,
2011, and will continue through May 2, 2013. Republic
of South Sudan
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) strongly encourages nationals from these countries (and persons with no nationality who last habitually resided in either country) to review the Federal Register notices for the extension and the new designation published today and follow the instructions on how to file an initial or re-registration application for TPS.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is also automatically extending the validity of employment authorization documents (EADs) issued under the last extension of Sudan TPS for an additional six months, through May 2, 2012. Any individual who has a valid TPS Sudan EAD is covered by this automatic extension, even though USCIS may ultimately register the individual under the South Sudan TPS designation and issue a new EAD reflecting his or her new nationality.
All affected individuals seeking to obtain or maintain their TPS must file their application package no later than April 10, 2012.
During the past year, DHS and the State Department have reviewed the conditions in
and the —a nation
that came into existence on July 9, 2011. Based on this review, Secretary
Napolitano has determined that an 18-month extension for Republic
of South Sudan Sudan is warranted due to the ongoing armed
conflict and the extraordinary and temporary conditions that prompted the last
TPS designation of
on Oct. 7, 2004. Secretary Napolitano also designated Sudan South
Sudan for TPS due to similar ongoing armed conflict and
extraordinary and temporary conditions.
TPS only applies to eligible Sudanese or South Sudanese nationals who have continuously resided in the
since Oct. 7, 2004.
There are approximately 340 individuals who DHS anticipates will be eligible
either to re-register for TPS for United States Sudan
or to obtain TPS under the South Sudan
All individuals registering for TPS under the new designation for the Republic of South Sudan or re-registering for TPS under the extension for Sudan must file a Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and a Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, accompanied by any required fees or a fee waiver request. Failure to submit the required application and biometric fees or a properly documented fee waiver request will result in the rejection of the TPS application package.
Further details on the Sudan TPS extension and South Sudan TPS designation, including information regarding the application requirements and procedures, are available at www.uscis.gov/tps and in the Federal Register notices published Oct. 13, 2011.
TPS forms are free and available online at www.uscis.gov/forms or by calling the toll-free USCIS Forms line at 1-800-870-3676. Applicants may also request more information by contacting USCIS’s
toll-free hotline at 1-800-375-5283. National Customer