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DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status Designation for Ukraine

The Department of Homeland Security announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of a country under the Immigration and Nationality Act. During the TPS designation period, TPS beneficiaries are eligible to remain in the United States and may obtain work authorization so long as they continue to meet the TPS requirements. The registration process for Ukraine begins tomorrow, April 19, 2022 and all individuals who want to request TPS under the designation of Ukraine must file an application.

To be eligible under the Ukraine designation, individuals must demonstrate their continuous residence in the United States since April 11, 2022, and continuous physical presence in the United States since April 19, 2022. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services estimates 59,600 individuals currently in the United States may be eligible for TPS under the designation of Ukraine. Ukrainian nationals currently outside the United States are not eligible for TPS under this designation, and they will not become eligible by relocating to the United States in the coming weeks. Ukrainians are encouraged instead to apply for a visa or other legal pathway at a U.S. consulate abroad.

Individuals applying for TPS under the Ukraine designation must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, during the 18-month initial registration period that runs from April 19, 2022, through October 19, 2023. Ukraine TPS applicants are eligible to file Form I-821 online. When filing a TPS application, applicants can also request an Employment Authorization Document by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with their Form I-821. Applicants may also submit Form I-765 online.

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