Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: South Sudan

TPS Extended Through:

May 2, 2022

Re-registration Period for People Who Already Have TPS:

Nov. 2, 2020 – Jan. 4, 2021

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through:

May 1, 2021

Continuous Residence Date in U.S. Since:

Jan. 25, 2016

Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:

May 3, 2016

TPS Designation Date:

Nov. 3, 2011

Current TPS Designation Date:

Jan. 25, 2016

Federal Register Notice Citation:

85 FR 69344

When to File

To maintain TPS, you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Nov. 2, 2020 through Jan. 4, 2021. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the 60-day registration period.

Go to the TPS page for information about re-registering

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

USCIS has automatically extended through May 1, 2021, the validity of EADs with a marked expiration date of Nov. 2, 2020, issued under the TPS designation of South Sudan. If your EAD is covered through this automatic extension, you may continue to use your existing EAD through May 1, 2021, as evidence you are authorized to work.

To prove that you are authorized to work in the United States, you may show the following documentation to your employer. Government agencies may also accept these documents if they need to determine your immigration status:

  • Your TPS-related EAD with a Nov. 2, 2020, expiration date; or
  • A copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension.

Your employer may rely on the Federal Register notice as evidence of the continuing validity of your EAD. Go to the Documentation Employers May Accept and Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries May Present as Evidence of Employment Eligibility page for more information.

If we approve your TPS re-registration application and you paid the fee for a new EAD (or if we approved your fee waiver request), we will issue you a new EAD with the expiration date of May 2, 2022.

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 to the TPS page.

New Employment Authorization Document

If USCIS approves your TPS re-registration application and you paid the fee for a new EAD (or USCIS approved your fee waiver request), we will issue you a new EAD with the expiration date of May 2, 2022.

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:

* Do not need to pay the TPS application fee (Form I-821)

* Do need to pay the $85 biometrics services fee if you are age 14 or older

* Must pay the $410 EAD fee, if you want an EAD

Additional information if you have a an initial pending Sudan TPS Application

If you… And you… Then USCIS will …
Still have an initial pending TPS application under the Sudan TPS designation and you paid the $50 Form I- 821 fee and the biometrics services fee (if age 14 or older) Are now filing a new application as a national of South Sudan Apply the fees you have already paid for the Sudan TPS application to your new South Sudan application.
Applied for Sudan TPS and have been granted a waiver for those fees, or your fee-waiver request is pending Are now filing a new application as a national of South Sudan Not require you to reapply for a fee waiver. USCIS will apply the fee waiver to your South 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 $410 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 $410EAD fee again, provided that USCIS has not sent you the EAD yet. You must submit:

  • the Form I-765 with the Form I-821, but do not check any of the boxes at the top of the Form I-765; and
  • a letter explaining that you have a pending Form I-765 under Sudan TPS.

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 applying for TPS South Sudan, you may file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, online. When filing an initial TPS application or re-registering for TPS, you can also request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online with your Form I-821.

File Online

If you are filing a paper application for an EAD for already granted TPS, re-registration of TPS or filing an initial application, send your TPS package to the appropriate address in the table below:

If you send your paper application via: Then, mail your application to…
U.S. Postal Service USPS: USCIS
Attn: TPS South Sudan
P.O. Box 6943
Chicago, IL 60680-6943

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

Attn: TPS South Sudan (Box 6943)
131 S. Dearborn 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

Other Immigration Options

>You might be eligible for other immigration options listed on the Explore My Options page.

To apply for lawful permanent resident status (Green Card), you must be eligible under one of the categories listed on the Green Card Eligibility Categories page. Once you find the category that may fit your situation, click on the link provided to get information on eligibility requirements, how to apply and whether your family members can also apply with you.

Note on Seeking Asylum: Being granted and maintaining TPS until a reasonable period before the filing of the asylum application is considered an extraordinary circumstance for the purposes of the one-year filing deadline. In other words, having TPS status “stops the clock” on the requirement to file for asylum within one year of arriving in the United States, if the one-year clock has not already expired. See 8 CFR 208.4(a)(5)(iv).

Avoid Scams

Please be aware that some unauthorized practitioners may try to take advantage of you by claiming they can file TPS forms. These same individuals may ask that you pay them to file such forms. We want to ensure that all potential TPS applicants know how to obtain legitimate, accurate legal advice and assistance. A list of accredited representatives and free or low-cost legal providers is available on the USCIS website on the finding legal advice web page.

We don’t want you to become a victim of an immigration scam. If you need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure the person helping you is authorized to give legal advice. Only an attorney or an accredited representative working for a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized organization can give you legal advice. Visit the Avoid Scams page for information and resources.

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