Temporary Protected Status:
Sudan TPS And South Sudan TPS
Current And Updated Sudan and South Sudan TPS Information
Most Recent Registration Period: January 25, 2016 – March 25, 2016
Current Expiration Date: November 2, 2017
Approximately 340 persons in total will be eligible to seek TPS benefits under either the Sudan or South Sudan designation.
According to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, the 18-month extensions are warranted due to the “ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions” in these countries, both of which had created the need for the original Sudan TPS designation.
Before the government’s recent redesignation of Sudan and South Sudan for TPS status, the previous registration period was from September 2, 2014 to November 3, 2014, with an expiration date of May 2, 2016. With the new designation, TPS benefits for Sudan and South Sudan have now been extended to November 2, 2017.
History Of Conflict In Sudan
Starting in 1995, international rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch began reporting the Sudanese Civil War was causing a widespread abduction of civilians and slavery of rebels captured by the pro-government militias.
Although the Sudanese government disputed these charges, studies also showed hundreds of thousands of civilians were missing after massive genocide in Southern Sudan.
As a result, the U.S. Attorney General designated Sudan for Temporary Protected Status on November 4, 1997. Since then, due to ongoing armed conflict and harm to the civilian population, TPS protections for Sudan have been extended 12 times.
In 2005, Sudan’s civil war formally ended with the signing of a peace agreement between the north’s government, with its ruling National Congress Party (NCP), and the south’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Army (SPLM).
However, the peace agreement did not end the violence, as new conflicts and disputes arose between the north and south. Instead, new militia groups, rebel forces, and armed local tribal groups entered the fray, causing an increase in killings of civilians and hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees fleeing to nearby nations.
South Sudan Independence
In April 2011, as part of a national referendum, 98% of South Sudanese registered voters supported secession from Sudan.
A few months later, on July 9, 2011, the new nation of South Sudan was born. Unfortunately, efforts to partition the country heightened old conflicts and created new disputes.
When the Republic of South Sudan gained independence from Sudan, this created a political dilemma for the United States.
Since some Sudanese may have become citizens of South Sudan, losing their Sudanese citizenship, the U.S. government feared they might no longer be covered as TPS beneficiaries. As a result, South Sudan was designated for TPS benefits on October 13, 2011.
What Is The TPS Filing Period For Sudan And South Sudan?
The regulations for Sudan TPS and South Sudan TPS are the same.
If You Have TPS Status Already
If You Do Not Have TPS Status
TPS Expiration Date
What Are Temporary Protected Status Benefits?
As with TPS beneficiaries from other countries, the following benefits are granted to citizens of Sudan and South Sudan:
- You are allowed to have valid immigration status for the 18 month period
- You are eligible for a work permit, which allows you to work legally in the United States
- You may be able to halt deportation and removal proceedings against you
- You are eligible to later adjust your immigration status, if you meet certain requirements, and become a lawful permanent resident
For additional information on filing requirements for Sudan TPS, see the USCIS Fact Sheet On Sudan TPS.
For additional information on filing requirements for South Sudan TPS, see the USCIS Fact Sheet On South Sudan TPS.
Temporary Protected Status Scams
Quite often, as an Escondido immigration lawyer, I have seen how individuals seeking immigration benefits are duped by con artists posing as lawyers, paralegals, assistants, and legal advisers.
If this is the first time you are registering for TPS status, you are especially vulnerable.
Before you hire a representative, we encourage you to download a copy of our free report on how you can recognize immigration fraud con artists before you become the next victim. The tips in this report were written to save you and other immigrants from experiencing legal setbacks later.
By Carlos Batara, Immigration Law, Policy, And Politics