Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.

This designation was made based on the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Ukraine that prevent Ukrainian nationals, and those of no nationality who last habitually resided in Ukraine, from returning to Ukraine safely.

In making the announcement, the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas noted, “Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted in an ongoing war, senseless violence, and Ukrainians forced to seek refuge in other countries …. In these extraordinary times, we will continue to offer our support and protection to Ukrainian nationals in the United States.”

Only individuals who have continuously resided in the United States since March 1, 2022, will be eligible for TPS under this designation. Individuals who attempt to travel to the United States after March 1, 2022, will not be eligible for TPS. The TPS designation will go into effect on the publication date of the forthcoming Federal Register notice, which will provide instructions for applying for TPS and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). TPS applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and undergo security and background checks.

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