Immigration Newsletter

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Sudan | USCIS

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Sudan | USCIS: Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Sudan’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months due to the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Sudan that prevent its nationals from safely returning. The extended designation is effective May 3, 2016, through November 2, 2017.

Current TPS Sudan beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from January 25, 2016 through March 25, 2016. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible.
The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible Sudan TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of November 2, 2017. USCIS recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current work permits expire. Therefore, USCIS is automatically extending current TPS Sudan EADs bearing a May 2, 2016 expiration date for an additional six months. These existing EADs are now valid through November 2, 2016.
To re-register, current beneficiaries must submit:
Individuals who still have a pending initial TPS Sudan application do not need to submit a new Form I-821. However, if they currently have a TPS-related EAD and want a new work permit, they should submit:
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization;
  • The Form I-765 application fee, regardless of their age; and
  • A copy of the receipt notice for the initial Form I-821 that is still pending.
Additional information about TPS for Sudan—including guidance on eligibility, the application process and where to file—is available at uscis.gov/tps. The Federal Register notice published today contains further details about this extension of TPS for Sudan, including application requirements and procedures, and the six month auto-extension of current Sudan TPS EADs.
USCIS will reject the TPS application of any applicant who fails to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee-waiver request. Applicants may request that USCIS waive any fees based on an inability to pay by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a written request. Fee-waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation. 











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South Sudan Temporary Protected Status (TPS)



WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has redesignated South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for that country from May 3, 2016, through November 2, 2017, due to the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in South Sudan that prevent its nationals from safely returning. These actions will allow eligible nationals of South Sudan (or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan) to register or re-register for TPS in accordance with the notice published today in the Federal Register.

Who Is EligibleCurrent TPS StatusWhen to File
Current TPS beneficiaries from South Sudan
Have TPS
To extend your TPS, you must re-register during a 60-day re-registration period that runs from January 25, 2016, throughMarch 25, 2016.
South Sudanese nationals and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan, who have:
  • Continuously resided in the United States since January 25, 2016, and
  • Been continuously physically present in the United States since May 3, 2016.
Do Not Have TPS
To obtain TPS, you may apply for TPS during a 180-day initial registration period that runs from January 25, 2016, through July 25, 2016.
Individuals re-registering for TPS:
Current beneficiaries under South Sudan’s TPS designation seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from January 25, 2016 through March 25, 2016. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible.
The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible South Sudan TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of November 2, 2017. USCIS recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current work permits expire. Therefore, USCIS is automatically extending current TPS South Sudan EADs bearing a May 2, 2016, expiration date for an additional six months. These existing EADs are now valid through November 2, 2016.
To re-register, current beneficiaries must submit:
Individuals applying for TPS for the first time:
For South Sudanese nationals (and persons having no nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan) who do not currently have TPS, the TPS redesignation allows them to apply for TPS if they have continuously resided in the United States since January 25, 2016, and have been continuously physically present in the United States since May 3, 2016. Applicants must meet all other TPS eligibility and filing requirements.
To apply for the first time, individuals must submit:
  • Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status;
  • The Form I-821 application fee;
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, regardless of whether they want an EAD;
  • The Form I-765 application fee, but only if they want an EAD and are 14 to 65 years old (those under 14 or 66 and older do not need to pay the I-765 fee with their initial TPS application); and
  • The biometric services fee if they are 14 or older.
Individuals who still have a pending initial TPS South Sudan application do not need to submit a new Form I-821. However, if they currently have a TPS-related EAD and want a new EAD, they should submit:
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization;
  • The Form I-765 application fee, regardless of their age; and
  • A copy of the receipt notice for the initial Form I-821 that is still pending.
Applicants may request that USCIS waive any fees based on an inability to pay by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a written request. Fee-waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation. USCIS will reject the TPS application of any applicant who fails to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee-waiver request.
All USCIS forms are free. Applicants can download these forms from the USCIS website at uscis.gov/forms or request forms by mail by calling the USCIS Forms Request Line toll-free at 1-800-870-3676.
Additional information about TPS for South Sudan—including guidance on eligibility, the application process and where to file—is available at uscis.gov/tps. The Federal Register notice published today contains further details about this extension and redesignation of South Sudan for TPS, including application requirements and procedures, and the six month auto-extension of current TPS South Sudan EADs.




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