For approximately 600 Sudanese who have temporary protection status, they are about to receive an opportunity for a longer stay in the US.
On September 2nd, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that temporary protection status (TPS) will be extended for eligible nationals of the Sudan for an additional 18 months, starting November 3rd of this year through May 2nd, 2016.
In order to do this, eligible Sudanese beneficiaries must re-register during a 60-day period from September 2nd to November 3rd. United State Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages those beneficiaries to re-register as soon as the registration period opens.
The purpose for this extension is the “ongoing armed conflict in that region and the continuation of extraordinary and temporary conditions that led to the country’s most recent TPS designation in 2013.” Secretary Johnson decided this extension was needed based on reviews conducted by both the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State over the last year.
The extension will also allow TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). USCIS recognizes, however, that some may not receive their new EADs before their current EAD expires; in response, they have automatically extended all current EADs for current TPS Sudanese to expire on May 2, 2015. It is imperative, though, for those eligible Sudanese beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible.