Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Sudan

ALERT: On Oct. 3, 2018, in Ramos, et al v. Nielsen, et al., No. 18-cv-01554 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2018) (PDF, 458 KB), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California enjoined DHS from implementing and enforcing the decisions to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, pending further resolution of the case. Additional guidance with respect to evidence regarding TPS status and employment authorization is forthcoming.


TPS To Terminate On:

November 2, 2018

Re-registration period for People Who Already Have TPS:

October 11, 2017 - December 11, 2017

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through:

May 1, 2018, but only for beneficiaries who re-register and request a new EAD

Continuous Residence Date in U.S. Since:

January 9, 2013

Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:

May 3, 2013

TPS Designation Date:

November 4, 1997

TPS Re-designation Dates:

November 9, 1999, November 2, 2004, and May 3, 2013

Federal Register Notice Citation:

 82 FR 47228 (PDF)


On Sept. 18, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation of Sudan. The termination will become effective Nov. 2, 2018.

After reviewing country conditions, and consulting with the appropriate U.S. government agencies, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke determined that conditions in Sudan no longer support its designation for TPS. Acting Secretary Duke is extending benefits for beneficiaries of Sudan TPS under the current designation for 12 months to allow for an orderly transition. Current beneficiaries of Sudan’s TPS designation seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register between Oct. 11, 2017 and Dec. 11, 2017.

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

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

Eligible TPS Sudan beneficiaries who re-register and request a new EAD during the 60-day re-registration period may receive an automatic extension of their expiring EAD for up to 180 days from the date the current EAD expires. TPS beneficiaries are strongly encouraged to file their EAD applications as early as possible during the 60-day re-registration period to avoid lapses in documentation of employment authorization.

New Employment Authorization Document

If USCIS approves a TPS re-registration application and receives the fee for a new EAD (or USCIS approved a fee waiver request), USCIS will issue a new EAD with the expiration date of Nov. 2, 2018.

TPS Program Information

For more information on TPS eligibility requirements, what to file, and step-by-step instructions on submitting a re-registration or initial TPS application package, go to the TPS web page.

Other Immigration Options

You might be eligible for other immigration options listed on the Explore My Options page.

To apply for a lawful permanent status (Green Card), you must be eligible under one of the categories listed on the Green Card Eligibility Categories page. Once you find the category that may fit your situation, click on the link provided to get information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and whether your family members can also apply with you.

Note on Seeking Asylum: Being granted and maintaining TPS status until a reasonable period before the filing of the asylum application is considered an extraordinary circumstance for the purposes of the one year filing deadline. In other words, having TPS status “stops the clock” on the requirement to file for asylum within one year of arriving in the United States, if the one-year clock has not already expired. See 8 CFR 208.4(a)(5)(iv).

Avoid Scams

Please be aware that some unauthorized practitioners may try to take advantage of you by claiming they can file TPS forms. These same individuals may ask that you pay them to file such forms. We want to ensure that all potential TPS applicants know how to obtain legitimate, accurate legal advice and assistance. A list of accredited representatives and free or low-cost legal providers is available on the USCIS website on the finding legal advice web page.

We don’t want you to become a victim of an immigration scam. If you need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure the person helping you is authorized to give legal advice. Only an attorney or an accredited representative working for a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized organization can give you legal advice. Visit the Avoid Scams page for information and resources.



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