Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas has announced the extension and redesignation of South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from November 4, 2023, through May 3, 2025.

This decision is due to the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary conditions in South Sudan that prevent individuals from safely returning. The corresponding Federal Register notice provides details on how to register as a new or current beneficiary for TPS under South Sudan’s extension and redesignation. 

In addition to the extension, a Special Student Relief notice is issued for F-1 nonimmigrant students from South Sudan, enabling them to request employment authorization, work more hours during the school term, and reduce their course load while maintaining F-1 status throughout the TPS designation period. 

The extension of TPS for South Sudan allows approximately 133 current beneficiaries to maintain TPS through May 3, 2025, provided they meet the TPS eligibility requirements. The redesignation allows an estimated 140 additional South Sudanese nationals to file initial applications for TPS, given they meet eligibility criteria, have been continuously residing in the U.S. since September 4, 2023, and physically present since November 4, 2023. 

Re-registration is open to individuals who were granted TPS under South Sudan’s prior designation. Current beneficiaries must re-register from September 6, 2023, to November 6, 2023, to maintain TPS and employment authorization. 

Recognizing that not all re-registrants may receive a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) before their current EAD expires, the validity of EADs issued under South Sudan’s TPS designation is automatically extended through November 3, 2024. USCIS will continue processing pending applications filed under previous TPS designations for South Sudan. 

The Federal Register notice outlines eligibility criteria, timelines, and procedures for re-registration and EAD renewal for current beneficiaries, as well as initial applications and EAD requests for new applicants under the redesignation. 


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