TPS for South Sudan Extended Into 2019

Citizens, nationals, and others who habitually resided in South Sudan but currently hold U.S. temporary protected status may apply to renew that status, which renewal will last until May 2, 2019.

** LEGAL UPDATE **

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was originally made available to people from South Sudan who were in the United States in 2011. The designation was based on an ongoing armed conflict and other extraordinary and temporary conditions in that country.

Now, this opportunity to remain in the U.S. rather than face difficult conditions at home has been extended for another 18 months, through May 2, 2019.

The announcement was made by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on September 18, 2017. In the Federal Register announcement, the U.S. government stated that conditions in South Sudan not only haven't improved, but have to some extent deteriorated, and "would pose a serious threat to the personal safety of South Sudanese nationals if they were required to return to their country."

People who currently hold TPS and are from South Sudan will need to re-register. The reregistration period runs for 60 days, from September 21, 2017 through November 20, 2017.

If you do reregister, and you request a work permit (officially called an employment authorization document or EAD), your current work permit will be automatically extended by 180 days, to give USCIS time to process your new one. If you employer demands proof of this, you might want to print out the Federal Register announcement linked to above.

Once USCIS approves your application for a new EAD, you will receive one showing an expiration date of May 2, 2019.

USCIS recommends that TPS holders planning to renew do so as early as possible, so as to avoid gaps in your work authorization.

For more information about TPS for South Sudan, including guidance on eligibility, the application process, and where to file your application, go to uscis.gov/tps.

Effective Date: September 18, 2017