Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: South Sudan
On January 9, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the redesignation of South Sudan for TPS and that eligible South Sudanese nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan) in the United States may apply for TPS.
When to File for TPS
If you currently have TPS for South Sudan and would like to keep your TPS status, you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from January 9, 2013 through March 11, 2013. We encourage you to register as soon as possible after the 60-day re-registration period opens.
If you do not currently have TPS for South Sudan, you may file an initial application to register for TPS for South Sudan under the recent re-designation. In order to register for TPS status, you must file your TPS package during the 180-day registration period that runs from January 9, 2013 through July 8, 2013. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the 180-day initial registration period.
Go to the TPS Web page for information about what you need to file to re-register for TPS or to register for the first time.
Special Filing Instructions
TPS Sudan Beneficiaries Who Are Now Applying for TPS Under South Sudan
If you are a current Sudan TPS beneficiary, but are now filing under South Sudan TPS because you are now a national of South Sudan, you:
Additional information if you have a an initial pending Sudan TPS Application
Special Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Instructions
If you requested an EAD with your prior TPS Sudan application and you have received that EAD, you need to pay the $380 EAD fee if you want a new EAD under the South Sudan designation.
If you have a pending Form I-765 requesting an EAD under Sudan TPS and you are now registering under South Sudan TPS, you do not have to pay the $380 EAD fee again, provided that USCIS has not sent you the EAD yet. You must submit:
USCIS will then automatically put the pending Form I-765 with the Form I-821 you submit for South Sudan TPS together.
Where to File
If you are filing for re-registration or filing an initial application or re-registering for TPS, please follow instructions below. E-filing is not currently available for TPS for South Sudan. You must send your TPS package by mail or courier to the appropriate address in the table below:
For more information on TPS eligibility requirements, what to file, and step by step instructions on submitting a re-registration or initial TPS application package go the TPS Web page.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 01/09/2013