Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of South Sudan, but announced the end of TPS designation for citizens of Sudan.
Per the announcement, citizens of South Sudan may apply for an 18-month extension of TPS, until May 2, 2019, due to the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary conditions in the country. Current beneficiaries of South Sudan’s TPS designation seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register (the deadline for re-registering was published in the Federal Register). 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. Once approved, the new EADs will have an expiration date of May 2, 2019. Individuals should re-register and file their EAD applications as early as possible to avoid lapses in employment authorization, particularly as EAD applications are taking at least 90 days to process.