The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is granting an 18-month redesignation and extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for South Sudan. The designation will be in place from May 3, 2022, through November 3, 2023.
The extension permits qualifying South Sudan beneficiaries to re-register and keep TPS through November 3, 2023, provided they continue to fulfill eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals have until May 2, 2022, to renew their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) during the re-registration period.
The redesignation permits additional South Sudanese nationals who have lived continuously in the United States since March 1, 2022, to file an initial application for TPS if they meet other conditions of eligibility. They may also seek employment authorization. DHS anticipates around 230 people will be eligible to apply.
The decision to continue offering temporary protection to South Sudanese nationals in the United States was based on ongoing conflict and conditions that temporarily prevent a safe return to that country. Millions of South Sudanese civilians, particularly women and girls, have been displaced amid increased violence from armed groups.
The extension of TPS for South Sudan is consistent with the Biden Administration’s extensions for other countries. The designation for South Sudan was last extended in December 2020.
The Federal Register has published guidelines for applying for South Sudan TPS and EADs. TPS applicants are required to meet all eligibility criteria and undergo security and background checks.