Ukraine Designation for Temporary Protected Status

On March 3, 2022 Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas of The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.

According to DHS, a county may be designated for TPS when conditions in the country fall into a bases for designation, in this case the designation is based on ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Ukraine which make return of Ukrainian nationals, and those of no nationality who last habitually resided in Ukraine, from returning to Ukraine safely.

So What is TPS and Who Qualifies Under this Designation

Individuals who are Ukrainian nationals or those of no nationality who last habitually resided in Ukraine who have continuously resided in the United States since March 1, 2022. Persons who entered the United States after March 1, 2022 will not be eligible for TPS. Persons who receive TPS will be allowed to remain in the United States and can apply for a work permit though the designation period.

How to Apply for TPS

The application process for TPS is streamlined in comparison to other forms of immigration relief but all applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and undergo security and background checks.

I highly recommend that you consult an attorney who has a practice dedicated to immigration law or who has a specialization in immigration law. Immigration law is complex and changes rapidly so it is important to find an attorney who can properly serve you.

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