Updated 9/28/2023

TPS Available Through May 3, 2025

On September 5, 2023, DHS announced an extension and an expansion of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for South Sudan. DHS expanded TPS to include South Sudanese who have lived in the U.S. as of September 4, 2023.  TPS will be available for an additional 18-months to eligible South Sudanese through May 3, 2025. TPS provides temporary immigration status, protection from deportation, and permission to work.

Am I Eligible for TPS?
Current South Sudanese TPS holders (who have lived in the U.S. since March 1, 2022) can apply for an extension of TPS and work authorization.  In addition, TPS applicants from South Sudan who have lived in the U.S. since September 4, 2023, are now also eligible to apply for TPS and work authorization for the first time.

How Do I Apply for an Extension of TPS?
On September 6, 2023, DHS posted a Federal Register notice with information about the extension of TPS for South Sudan and the expansion of the program to include South Sudanese in the U.S. as of September 4, 2023.  South Sudanese who currently have TPS must apply for an extension by filing a TPS application (Form I-821) between September 6, 2023, and November 6, 2023.

How Do I Apply for TPS for the First Time?
First-time TPS applicants must file a TPS application form between September 6, 2023, and May 3, 2025. To apply for a work permit, applicants must file an application for employment authorization (Form-I-765). 

I have TPS and Work Authorization until November 3, 2023.  What Happens When My Work Permit Ends on November 3, 2023?
By filing for an extension of TPS during the 60-day application period, between September 6, 2023, and November 6, 2023, TPS holders who currently have TPS and work authorization until November 3, 2023, will receive an automatic extension of work permission until November 3, 2024.

When Should I File for Work Authorization?
You can file an application for work authorization (Form I-765) with your TPS application or before the end of the TPS registration period.  DHS recommends filing your work authorization as soon as possible.

Take Action, and Make your Voice Heard!
TPS saves lives by protecting people who are already in the U.S. from returning to countries that are unsafe. Take action by telling your senator to urge President Biden to extend TPS to other countries that also qualify: 1-877-267-5060.

Remember – it’s important not to travel outside the U.S. without first applying for and receiving advance parole.

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