September 25, 2014
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has redesignated Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country from November 3, 2014, through May 2, 2016. This extension allows eligible nationals of Sudan and South Sudan to register or re-register for TPS based on the notice published September 2, 2014 in the Federal Register. Persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Sudan are also eligible, which is important because of the ongoing civil strife in the region. An auto-extension was also granted from May 2, 2015 for those Sudanese individuals who currently have a November 2, 2014 expiration date. As a result of this extension, individuals that were granted TPS from Sudan will be able to continue working without interruption.

TPS extensions benefit employers and employees by preventing gaps in work eligibility while US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) processes new work authorization documents for TPS covered individuals. Employers need to be familiar with the work authorization benefits of TPS so that they can identify those granted the status and correctly reverify eligible employees for continuing work eligibility. Trying to determine which employees are covered, and exactly what they are covered for, may be difficult for employers. Accuracy in this area is important as it relates to completing the Form I-9, which is required to be completed by all newly hired employees, regardless of nationality.

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