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FAQs on Ukraine’s Temporary Protected Status

  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: August 22, 2023
Ukraine's TPS FAQ
1. What did the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announce regarding Ukraine’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?

DHS announced an extension of TPS for Ukraine for 18 months, from October 20, 2023, to April 19, 2025, due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary conditions in Ukraine. Additionally, a redesignation of TPS for Ukraine was announced, allowing more Ukrainian nationals in the U.S. to be eligible.

2. Why was this decision made?

The decision was made in light of the ongoing armed conflict, the Russian military invasion, and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. These conditions prevent Ukrainian nationals and residents from safely returning to their homeland.

3. Who is eligible for this TPS extension and redesignation?

Ukrainian nationals (and individuals without a nationality but last resided in Ukraine) living in the U.S. as of August 16, 2023, are eligible for TPS.

4. What relief is being provided to Ukrainian students in the U.S.?

A Special Student Relief notice has been issued for F-1 nonimmigrant students from Ukraine. They can request employment authorization, work more hours during school sessions, and reduce their course load while maintaining their F-1 status through the TPS designation period.

5. How many individuals are affected by this decision?

Approximately 26,000 current beneficiaries can retain TPS through April 19, 2025. An estimated 166,700 additional individuals may be eligible under the redesignation.

6. What should current beneficiaries do to extend their TPS?

Beneficiaries should re-register between August 21, 2023, and October 20, 2023, to ensure they maintain their TPS and employment authorization.

7. How will this affect Employment Authorization Documents (EADs)?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is automatically extending EADs previously issued through October 19, 2024.

8. Are there any online application processes available?

Yes, applicants can file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online.

9. Where can one find more details about the eligibility criteria and procedures?

The Federal Register notice provides comprehensive information about the eligibility criteria, timelines, and necessary procedures.

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