On March 3, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it had designated Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months. This designation of TPS will allow eligible nationals from Ukraine to apply for protected status and also to apply for a work permit (which is optional).
What are the dates of the designation of Ukraine for TPS? Ukraine has been designated for TPS for a period of 18 months. The exact dates are unknown at this time, as this period will go into effect on a future date – once the Notice is published in the Federal Register.
When is the registration period for new TPS applications? The Federal Register Notice will provide information and additional instructions on applying for TPS and a work permit.
What is the Continuous Residence Requirement for Ukraine TPS? In order to establish eligibility, applicants will have to show continuous residence 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. Applicants may establish this requirement by showing that they were residing and living in the United States as of the continuous residence date. Acceptable evidence to prove continuous residence in the United States includes school records, employment records, medical records, utility bills, records from a religious organization, or billing records/receipts which contain the applicant’s name and a date. You can find a more complete list of acceptable evidence of continuous residence on the Instructions for Form I-821 form which is provided by USCIS.
If you are from Ukraine and you need assistance with your Application for Temporary Protected Status, contact U.S. Immigration Lawyer Sean D. Hummel.