DHS Announces 18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Sudan and Designation for South Sudan

The Secretary of Homeland Security extended the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) designation for Sudan for 18 months. The department also designated the Republic of South Sudan for TPS for 18 months.Both the extension and the new designation are effective November 3, 2011 and will continue through May 2, 2013.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has strongly encouraged nationals from these countries (and persons with no nationality who last habitually resided in either country) to review the rules regarding the extension or new designation and follow the instructions on how to file an initial or re-registration application for TPS.

Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security is automatically extending the validity of employment authorization documents issued under the last extension of Sudan TPS for an additional 6 months, through May 2, 2012.

All affected persons seeking to obtain or maintain their TPS must file their application package no later than April 10, 2012.

If you think this may apply to you or someone you know, please do not hesitate to call my office at 616-233-9300 to discuss this very important deadline.


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