The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that because the conditions in Sudan no longer support its designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), the designation set to expire on November 2, 2017, will terminate on November 2, 2018. TPS allows qualifying persons inside the United States to remain and work lawfully in the United States until conditions in their home countries improve following civil war, natural disaster or similar extraordinary situations. The final year of designation gives those unable to acquire another legal status time to prepare to depart the United States by the TPS termination date.
Nationals of Sudan holding TPS status have until December 11, 2017, to re-register to extend their status through the designation end date of November 2, 2018. Employment authorization documents held by qualifying individuals already set to expire on November 2, 2017, are automatically extended through May 1, 2018. Employers can rely on the DHS announcement for I-9 employment verification and re-verification purposes.