Temporary Protected Status Extended for Sudanese Nationals

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Sudan is now extended through May 2, 2010.  This extension, which is effective November 3, allows those who have already been granted TPS to re-register and maintain their status for another 18 months.

Employers should note that those Sudanese nationals in current TPS status from November 2, 2008 to May 2, 2009 have been granted automatic extensions of their employment authorization documents (EADs).  This extension allows enough time for eligible TPS beneficiaries to receive their new EADs without a lapse.

Nationals of Sudan who have been granted TPS must re-register for the 18 month extension during the 60-day re-registration period from Aug. 14 until Oct. 14, 2008.  Sudanese TPS beneficiaries are encouraged to apply as soon as possible following the start of the 60-day period.

There are approximately 500 nationals of Sudan (or people having no nationality who last habitually resided in Sudan) who are eligible for re-registration.  TPS does not apply to Sudanese nationals who entered the United States after Oct. 7, 2004.
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