USCIS Extends TPS for South Sudan

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the designation of South Sudan for temporary protected status (TPS) for 18 months, from November 3, 2017, through May 2, 2019. A notice sets forth procedures necessary for nationals of South Sudan (or those having no nationality who last habitually resided in South Sudan) to re-register for TPS and to apply for employment authorization documents (EADs) with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS will issue new EADs with a May 2, 2019, expiration date to eligible South Sudan TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs under this extension. If a South Sudan TPS beneficiary timely re-registers and properly files an application for an EAD during the 60-day re-registration period, his or her EAD will be automatically extended for an additional period of up to 180 days from the date the current EAD expires; i.e., through May 1, 2018.

The USCIS announcement is at https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/temporary-protected-status-south-sudan-extended-18-months. The related Federal Register notice is at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-21/html/2017-20174.htm. USCIS said that more information will be posted soon on https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status. Further details about the extension of TPS for South Sudan, including the application requirements and procedures, are at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-21/html/2017-20174.htm.