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Extension of the Designation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for South Sudan for 18 months from Nov. 3, 2020, through May 2, 2022. The extension allows currently eligible TPS beneficiaries to retain TPS through May 2, 2022, so long as they otherwise continue to meet the individual eligibility requirements for TPS. The 60-day re-registration period runs from Nov. 2, 2020, through Jan. 4, 2021.

Given the time frames for processing TPS re-registration applications, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued under the TPS designation for South Sudan through May 1, 2021.

TPS beneficiaries presenting an EAD referenced in this Federal Register Notice do not need to show any other document, such as an I-797C Notice of Action, to prove that they qualify for this automatic EAD extension. SAVE will be able to verify the continuation of an applicant’s TPS using their recent TPS-related document along with their Alien Number (or I-94 number). You may need to perform additional verification steps to confirm the applicant’s TPS. SAVE recommends that benefit applicants provide their most recently-issued DHS-issued document.

For more information regarding the TPS designation for South Sudan, please refer to 85 FR 69344, dated Nov. 2, 2020.

For up-to-date information, please check www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status or call the USCIS TPS Hotline at 202-272-1533 (please note that this is not a toll-free number).

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