The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that Ukrainians living in the U.S. since March 1 will be eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months due to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian invasion.
The TPS program provides temporary protections in the U.S. to eligible nationals of countries whose conditions prevent a safe return. DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas stated in a press release that “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.” The full-scale military action has caused damage to civilian infrastructure and left more than a million Ukrainians without electricity, water, or access to food, shelter, and medical services.
There are an estimated 350,000 Ukrainians who may be eligible for TPS. DHS will publish a notice in the Federal Register providing the exact dates for the registration period and the 18-month designation period. During this time, TPS beneficiaries are eligible to remain in the U.S., may not be removed, and are authorized to obtain work and travel authorization so long as they continue to meet the requirements of TPS. To apply for TPS, individuals submit a Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, to USCIS and pay the associated filing fees. Employment and travel authorization require separate applications—Forms I-765 and I-131—along with respective filing fees.
Individuals who believe they qualify for TPS are encouraged to consult with a T&S legal professional to evaluate their eligibility.