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FAQ: DHS’s Extension and Redesignation of Temporary Protected Status for Sudan

  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: August 25, 2023
Temporary Protected Status for Sudan FAQ
1. What has the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced regarding Sudan?

The DHS has announced an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, effective from October 20, 2023, to April 19, 2025. Additionally, a redesignation of TPS for Sudan has been declared.

2. Why has the TPS for Sudan been extended and redesignated?

The extension and redesignation are due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Sudan that prevent individuals from safely returning.

3. Who is eligible for the TPS redesignation?

Sudanese nationals and individuals without a nationality who last habitually resided in Sudan and were residing in the U.S. as of August 16, 2023, are eligible for TPS under the redesignation.

4. Is there any relief for Sudanese students in the U.S.?

Yes, there is a Special Student Relief notice for F-1 nonimmigrant students from Sudan. They can request employment authorization, work more hours during school sessions, and reduce their course load while maintaining their F-1 status through the TPS designation period.

5. What triggered the decision to extend and redesignate TPS for Sudan?

The decision was influenced by violent clashes in Sudan since April 2023, leading to political instability, violence, human rights abuses, food and water shortages, intercommunal conflicts, and significant internal displacement.

6. How many individuals are affected by this extension and redesignation?

The extension allows approximately 1,200 current beneficiaries to retain TPS through April 19, 2025. An estimated 2,750 additional individuals might qualify for TPS under Sudan’s redesignation.

7. What should current beneficiaries do to extend their TPS?

Current beneficiaries should re-register between August 21, 2023, and October 20, 2023, to ensure they maintain their TPS and employment authorization.

8. What if a beneficiary’s Employment Authorization Document (EAD) expires before receiving a new one?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is automatically extending EADs previously issued through October 19, 2024, to address this concern.

9. How can first-time applicants apply for TPS under the redesignation of Sudan?

Initial applicants must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, during the registration period from August 21, 2023, to April 19, 2025. They can also request an EAD by submitting Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

10. Where can one find more details about the eligibility criteria and procedures for TPS?

The Federal Register notice provides comprehensive information about the eligibility criteria, timelines, and procedures for both current beneficiaries and new applicants.

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