Effective today, March 3, 2022, Ukraine was granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months as per the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. "Russia's premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted in an ongoing war, senseless violence, and the forced emigration of Ukrainians to other countries," Secretary Mayorkas stated. "We will continue to offer our support and protection to Ukrainian nationals in the United States in these extraordinary times."
Ukrainians who would like to apply for TPS must do so during a specific registration period, pay all associated fees, and prove their eligibility. Regardless of current immigration status in the United States, TPS may be granted, and all applicants must pass security and background checks. However, according to the DHS site, 'individuals eligible for TPS under this designation must have continuously resided in the United States since March 1, 2022.
Individuals who attempt to travel to the United States after March 1, 2022, will not be eligible for TPS.' After a Federal Register publication, the TPS designation for Ukraine will take effect, establishing the registration period and providing instructions for individuals to apply for TPS along with an associated Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
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