South Sudan flag in map graphic
South Sudan flag in map graphic

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for foreign nationals of South Sudan living in the U.S. TPS status exempts qualifying South Sudan nationals (including those whose nationality is unknown but who last inhabited South Sudan) from deportation (or prosecution) for overstaying their visit in the U.S. from May 3, 2016 through November 2, 2017.

To be eligible for TPS status, South Sudan nationals must register or re-register for TPS status in accordance with federal regulations.

Important TPS Registration Details

The following provides some guidelines outlining how to seek a TPS waiver to remain in the U.S. for the 18-month extension period.

Eligible TPS Applicants Current TPS Status Holder Filing Period/Deadline
Current TPS registrants from South Sudan Yes You must extend your TPS status by re-registering during a special 60-day period beginning January 25, 2016 and running through March 25, 2016.
South Sudanese nationals and undocumented foreigners who last lived in South Sudan (Must have resided in the US since January 25, 2016 and have been physically present in the U.S. since May 3, 2016 No You must apply for TPS status during a 180-day application period from January 25, 2016 through July 25, 2016.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is allowing TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to continue legally working in the US. Those with valid EADs set to expire on May 2, 2016 will receive an additional six-month extension, which will reportedly be set to expire on November 2, 2017.

Qualifying for TPS Relief

In order to qualify for USCIS TPS relief, the following eligibility requirements must be met:

  • The applicant is a national of South Sudan or, if (s)he has no nationality, lived in South Sudan before coming to the U.S.
  • The applicant files for TPS within the required time frame.
  • The applicant has been continually residing the U.S. according to USCIS requirements.

Those who are NOT eligible for TPS include (but may not be limited to) applicants who:

  • Have been convicted of any felony or at least two misdemeanor offenses in the U.S.
  • Present a threat to national security
  • Are subject  to any “mandatory bars” to asylum (such as participating in the persecution of others).

Contact a Los Angeles Immigration Attorney at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C.

Do you need help securing TPS relief or fighting deportation? Or do you need to obtain any immigration status change in the U.S.?

If so, contact a Los Angeles immigration attorney at Hanlon Law Group, P.C. for experienced help and effective legal advocacy. You can contact us today by calling (626) 684-3712 or (866) 227-5527 or by emailing us using the form at the upper right-hand side of the screen. From our offices in Pasadena, we serve clients throughout the Los Angeles area, across the state of California and from around the world.