If you do not have TPS South Sudan, you can apply now through May 3, 2025. If you are granted temporary protected status, it will be valid through May 3, 2025. Learn if you are eligible and how to apply. Also, find information for those who already have TPS.
What is TPS
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of immigration status for people already in the United States. TPS is for people who cannot go back to their home country because of danger, such as an armed conflict or environmental disaster.
If you have TPS, you can:
- Stay in the U.S. legally for a period of time
- Apply for a work permit in the U.S.
- Apply to travel outside of the U.S.
- Be protected from detention and deportation
You will not get any of the benefits of TPS until your application is approved. TPS is temporary. It does not give you lawful permanent status, citizenship, or any permanent immigration status.
|Go to the USCIS TPS South Sudan page for more details.
Who can apply
You must meet the following requirements to apply:
- Be a national of South Sudan or a person without nationality who lived in South Sudan for a long time before arriving in the USA
- Have lived only in the U.S. since September 4, 2023
- Have not left the U.S. since November 4, 2023
You may not be eligible if you have committed certain crimes.
|Public charge does not apply to TPS applicants. You can use any government programs you qualify for.
How to apply
You can apply for TPS South Sudan by filing Form I-821. You can file your application online or by mail with USCIS.
You must send documents showing proof of your identity, nationality, and date of entry. These are listed in the What to File section.
You must pay a fee if you are applying for TPS for the first time. You might be able to apply for a fee waiver if you can’t afford to pay the fee. Learn how to use the USCIS fee calculator.
It is important to apply as soon as possible. The last day to apply is May 3, 2025, but that is also the last day TPS for South Sudan is currently available.
What happens next
USCIS will review your application and send you a receipt notice. You can check the status of your application online by typing in your receipt number. If you do not get a receipt within 3 weeks of filing, you can call the USCIS Contact Center.
You may get a letter asking for more evidence. This could be your photo, fingerprints, signature, and other documents.
You will get a letter approving or denying your application. If you applied for a work permit, you will also get information about your application.
If you do not get TPS, you will get information on whether and how you can appeal their decision.
Current TPS holders
If you already have TPS South Sudan, you must have re-registered by November 6, 2023, to extend your benefits through May 3, 2025.
If you missed the deadline to re-register, you can submit a late re-registration application. You will also have to submit a letter explaining why you filed it late, such as a serious illness. You can re-register online or by mail with USCIS under the “Where To File” section.
DHS automatically extended EADs for TPS holders from the previous registration period to November 3, 2024.
Work permits are available to people with TPS and are known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). It shows employers that you are allowed to work in the USA.
You can apply for work authorization by filing Form I-765. It is recommended to apply at the same time you apply for TPS. Filing both forms together may help you get an EAD faster. You can also apply after.
If you apply during the current registration period, your work permit will be valid through May 3, 2025.
Travel permits are available to people with TPS. It is known as advanced parole. It shows immigration officials that you are allowed to travel abroad and back to the USA.
You can apply for a travel permit by filing Form I-131. Follow the Federal Register notice instructions when applying for a travel permit.
What happens when TPS expires?
DHS will review country conditions at least 60 days prior to when it is set to expire. They will decide whether to continue it further. If TPS for South Sudan expires, you will have the same immigration status you had before getting temporary protected status.
If you did not have a legal immigration status before you applied for TPS, you may become undocumented. You can apply for another form of immigration status if you are eligible.
If you stay without any legal status, you will risk the chance of arrest or deportation.
Can I change my immigration status?
You can have TPS at the same time as another immigration status.
Where can I find help?
It is important to seek legal advice from an immigration lawyer or accredited representative. They can help you apply and discuss questions or concerns. Many organizations and lawyers offer free or low-cost legal services.
The Embassy of South Sudan can offer more information. You can contact the Embassy of South Sudan at (202) 600-2238 or visit its consular offices in Washington, D.C.
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