Temporary Protected Status Updates for Ukrainian and Sudanese Nationals

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In a recent move, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced critical updates regarding Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for both Ukraine and Sudan. These changes aim to provide safety and protection to individuals facing extraordinary and temporary conditions in their home countries. Read on to learn more about the extension and redesignation of TPS for both Ukrainian and Sudanese nationals.

What is the TPS Extension and Redesignation?

In response to the ongoing armed conflict and humanitarian crisis, the DHS has extended TPS for Ukraine and Sudan for 18 months. This extension, from October 20, 2023, through April 19, 2025, allows individuals from these nations to remain in the United States without fear of deportation. It also affords them the right to obtain employment authorization and other benefits here in the United States.

The Situation in Ukraine and Sudan

Ukraine: The ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to an urgent need for protection. Extensive civilian casualties, war crimes, and widespread displacement have created dire conditions that prevent safe returns to Ukraine. As a result, Ukrainian nationals and those who last resided in Ukraine may qualify for TPS.

Sudan: Political instability, violent clashes, and human rights abuses have rocked Sudan, resulting in a humanitarian crisis. The eruption of violent clashes in April 2023 has triggered a series of challenges, including food and water shortages, intercommunal violence, and displacement. These conditions have led to the extension and redesignation of TPS for Sudanese nationals.

Eligibility and Application Process for Ukrainian & Sudanese Nationals

Current beneficiaries seeking an extension of their TPS status must re-register during the specified re-registration period. They should ensure their re-registration falls within the window from August 21, 2023, through October 20, 2023. USCIS is also extending previously issued Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) through October 19, 2024, recognizing potential delays.

New Applicants and Initial Registration

For individuals applying for TPS for the first time under the redesignation, the initial registration period is open from August 21, 2023, through April 19, 2025. New applicants must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and may also request employment authorization through Form I-765.

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