South Sudan Nationals
On July 18, 2017, ADC filed a petition with the Department of Homeland Security requesting the redesignation and extension of TPS for Sudans and South Sudan. Both Sudan and South Sudan, in accordance with the parameters of 8 U.S.C. §1254a(b)(1)(B)(i)-(ii), face dire humanitarian situations due to environmental disaster – famine and food insecurity, and mass violence. In 2016 alone, as many as 190,000 individuals were displaced by fighting in Darfur. Many still live in limbo and at risk of statelessness. This in addition to the 2.6 million people that remain displaced in the region from the early 2000’s. In February 2017, the Guardian reported that 100,000 people were facing immediate starvation while one million individuals were on the “brink of famine” throughout South Sudan. Due to ongoing conflict in both countries that threatens the safety of civilians throughout their respective states, neither country’s government can guarantee the safety of the return of their nationals at this time.
Sudan was originally designated for TPS in November 1997. South Sudan has been TPS designated since
September 2014. In January 2016, DHS extended TPS for Sudan and South Sudan with expiration on
November 2, 2017.
On September 18, 2017, DHS extended TPS for Sudan nationals for 1 year with TPS for Sudan set to terminate
November 2, 2018. Current TPS beneficiaries can register during the 60 day open period from October 11,
2017 to December 11, 2017.