TPS for Ukrainians

On February 24, 2022, Russia began a military invasion in Ukraine, creating a massive refugee crisis that continues to reverberate through Europe. In the meantime, the U.S. has been called upon to create pathways to status for displaced Ukrainian citizens.

On March 3, 2022, Secretary Mayorkas of the Department of Homeland Security designated Temporary Protected Status for 18 months for Ukrainian citizens.

What is TPS?

It is a congressionally devised program that provides temporary immigrating status to nationals of specifically designated countries that are experiencing ongoing conflict. Those we receive TPS are eligible for a work permit.

Who is eligible for TPS?

Generally, you must:

  • Be a national of a country designated for TPS, or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in the designated country;
  • File during the open initial registration or re-registration period, or you meet the requirements for late initial filing during any extension of your country’s TPS designation;
  • Have been continuously physically present in the United States since the effective date of the most recent designation date of your country; and
  • Have been continuously residing in the United States since the date specified for your country;
  • NOT have a felony or two or more misdemeanor convictions;
  • NOT be barred from asylum for persecution, terrorist activity, or be found inadmissible for other criminal or national security reasons.

TPS designation for Ukraine

For Ukrainians to be eligible for TPS they must have been in the U.S. prior to March 1, 2022 and meet all other requirements set forth above.

If you are a Ukrainian citizen who is currently in the U.S. without status or whose status is soon to expire and were here before Mach 1, 2022, contact an attorney to assess your eligibility for TPS.


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