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

  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: August 22, 2023
Temporary Protected Status for Sudan: DHS's Extension and Redesignation


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently made a pivotal announcement regarding the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan. This decision, rooted in the ongoing challenges faced by Sudan, has implications for thousands of Sudanese nationals in the U.S.

DHS’s Decision on TPS for Sudan:

On August 18, 2023, DHS declared an 18-month extension of TPS for Sudan, spanning from October 20, 2023, to April 19, 2025. The unusual and transient conditions in Sudan, which make it risky for people to return, impacted this decision.

Moreover, a redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan was announced. This allows Sudanese nationals (and those without a specific nationality but who last resided in Sudan) who were in the U.S. as of August 16, 2023, to be eligible for TPS.

Reasons Behind the TPS Decision:

Sudan has grappled with violent clashes since April 2023, leading to political instability, violence, and severe human rights violations. The country has witnessed food and water shortages, inter-communal conflicts, and significant internal displacement. The most recent confrontations have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, seeking refuge in neighboring cities and countries.

Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas stated, “Sudan has experienced political instability and ongoing conflict that has resulted in a humanitarian crisis. We aim to offer safety and protection to Sudanese nationals until conditions in their homeland improve.”

Implications for Sudanese Nationals:

This extension permits around 1,200 current beneficiaries to maintain their TPS until April 19, 2025, provided they continue to meet the eligibility criteria. Additionally, an estimated 2,750 more individuals might qualify for TPS under Sudan’s redesignation.

It’s crucial for current beneficiaries to re-register between August 21, 2023, and October 20, 2023, to ensure uninterrupted TPS and employment authorization.


The extension and redesignation of TPS for Sudan are evidence of the U.S.’s ongoing commitment to those suffering from crises worldwide. As conditions in Sudan evolve, the DHS will continue to monitor and make decisions prioritizing the safety and well-being of Sudanese nationals in the U.S.


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