TPS Available Through November 3, 2023
On March 2, 2022, DHS announced an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for South Sudan. DHS also expanded TPS to include South Sudanese in the U.S. as of March 1, 2022. TPS will be available for an additional 18-months to eligible South Sudanese through November 3, 2023. TPS provides protection from deportation and permission to work in the U.S.
Who Is Eligible for TPS for South Sudan?
A previous TPS program for South Sudan provided TPS and employment authorization until May 2, 2022. Now, South Sudanese living in the U.S. since March 1, 2022, are also eligible to apply for TPS.
How Do I Apply for an Extension of TPS?
On March 3, 2022, 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 March 1, 2022. South Sudanese who currently have TPS must apply for an extension by filing a TPS application (Form I-821) between March 3, 2022, and May 3, 2022.
If you did not re-register by the deadline, you may be eligible for late re-registration and should consult with a legal service provider. Find a trusted legal services provider near you.
How Do I Apply for TPS for the First Time?
First-time TPS applicants from South Sudan must file a TPS application form between March 3, 2022, and November 3, 2023. To apply for employment authorization, applicants must file an application for employment authorization (Form-I-765).
I had TPS and Work Authorization until May 2, 2022. Was My Work Authorization Automatically Extended?
Yes, work authorization for TPS holders from South Sudan was automatically extended until November 1, 2022.
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. Due to the processing backlogs at USCIS, DHS recommends filing your work authorization as soon as possible.
Take Action, and Make your Voice Heard!
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Remember – it’s important not to travel outside the U.S. without applying for and receiving permission to travel, advance parole.