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Temporary Protected Status for Sudan to Terminate in November 2018

Per a USCIS Press Release dated September 18, 2017, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has determined that conditions in Sudan no longer support its designation for Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") after reviewing country conditions, and after Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") officials’ consultations with the appropriate U.S. government agencies. Acting Secretary Duke is extending benefits for beneficiaries of Sudan TPS for 12 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on November 2, 2018.

Current beneficiaries of Sudan’s TPS designation seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register. The deadline will be published in the Federal Register and at www.uscis.gov/tps later this week. Those who re-register and request a new employment authorization document ("EAD") may receive an automatic extension of their expiring EAD for up to 180 days from the date their current EAD expires. If a beneficiary’s EAD request is approved, they will receive a new EAD with an expiration date of November 2, 2018. TPS beneficiaries are strongly encouraged to re-register and file their EAD applications as early as possible to avoid lapses in documentation of employment authorization.

Although TPS benefits will no longer be in effect starting November 2, 2018, TPS beneficiaries will continue to hold any other immigration status that they have maintained or acquired while registered for TPS. Individuals who do not have another immigration status are urged to use the time before the termination becomes effective in November 2018 to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States or to apply for other immigration benefits for which they may be eligible.

Additional information about TPS is available at uscis.gov/tps. A Federal Register notice containing further details will be published soon.

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