The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano ("the Secretary") extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudanese TPS beneficiaries for 18 months. The TPS designation for Sudan was to expire on 2 November 2011, but has now been extended through 2 May 2013. The Secretary has determined that the conditions in Sudan, specifically the disruption of living conditions based on ongoing armed conflict, continue to exist and prevent Sudanese nationals who now hold TPS from returning to Sudan in safety. Sudanese TPS beneficiaries must re-register for TPS and apply for extensions of their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) with USCIS. Eligible Sudanese TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs under this extension will be issued new EADs with a 2 May 2013 expiration date. Most Sudanese TPS individuals re-registering for TPS and applying for EAD extensions will not receive their new EADs before their current EADs expire. As such, the USCIS is automatically extending the validity of EADs issued under the TPS designation of Sudan for six months, through 2 May 2012. TPS beneficiaries and their employers should review the Federal Register regarding eligibility for automatic EAD extension and how the extension affects the Form I-9 and E-Verify processes. The Federal Register can be found at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-13/html/2011-26538.htm.
In addition, the Secretary issued a separate Federal Register Notice also on 3 October 2011, designating the newly formed Republic of South Sudan for TPS. Some individuals who were eligible for TPS under the current designation of Sudan may now be nationals of South Sudan and may qualify for TPS under the new South Sudan TPS designation. The new TPS designation is effective 3 November 2011 through 2 May 2013. Information regarding the procedure for registering for TPS and applying for an EAD under the South Sudan designation can be found in the following Federal Register: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-13/html/2011-26537.htm.
Only Sudanese or South Sudanese nationals who have continuously resided in the United States since 7 October 2004 are eligible for TPS. All eligible individuals seeking to obtain or maintain their TPS must file their application package no later than 10 April 2012. DHS believes approximately 340 individuals will be eligible either to re-register for TPS for Sudan or to obtain TPS under the South Sudan designation.