USCIS has recently designated the Republic of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also announced that TPS for nationals of Sudan will be extended for another 18 months. Both the designation of South Sudan and extension for Sudan will become effective November 3, 2011 and will continue through May 2, 2013. Individuals who need to register must file Forms I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and the I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, by April 10, 2012. While TPS does not lead to permanent residence, it does provide temporary status to the individual and in some instances, may allow an individual to actually adjust his/her status and receive a green card. It is therefore of enormous utility to those affected by the extraordinary conditions going on in those countries.
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