In a recent announcement, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the division of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for processing the majority of immigration applications within the United States, announced the official conclusion of the TPS program for Sudan.
Temporary Protected Status is a temporary humanitarian measure that allows certain foreign nationals to remain and work in the United States for a short period of time. TPS is typically designated for a country when unforeseen harsh or devastating conditions arise that prevent people from safely returning; it may also be designated if the country itself is unable to manage the return of its own citizens. Historically, TPS designations are renewed throughout the duration of the emergency.
Sudan was initially designated for TPS on November 4, 1997 based on the continuing armed conflicts and extraordinary conditions in the country. Since then, it has been repeatedly re-designated for TPS, most recently in 2013. That designation will end on November 2, 2017; however, USCIS has granted a one-year extension for current TPS beneficiaries to begin wrapping up their affairs in the United States and prepare to return to Sudan.
It is also worthy of note that South Sudan was granted an extension of its TPS designation until May 2, 2019. Citizens of South Sudan only have until November 20, 2017 to re-register and take advantage of the extension until 2019.