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Ukraine’s Temporary Protected Status: A Beacon of Hope Amidst Conflict

  • By: Immigration Attorney Osas Iyamu
  • Published: August 21, 2023
Ukraine's Temporary Protected Status: Extension and Redesignation by DHS

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has led to significant upheaval, with many Ukrainians seeking refuge and safety. Recognizing the dire situation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken a commendable step.

DHS’s Announcement: What Does It Mean?

On August 18, 2023, DHS announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine for 18 months. This TPS extension spans from October 20, 2023, to April 19, 2025, due to the persistent armed conflict and the extraordinary conditions in Ukraine. These conditions make it unsafe for individuals to return.

Furthermore, DHS has redesignated TPS for Ukraine. This means Ukrainian nationals (and those without a nationality but last resided in Ukraine) living in the U.S. as of August 16, 2023, can now apply for TPS.

Why This Matters

The Russian military’s expansion into Ukraine is Europe’s largest conventional military action since World War II. This invasion has led to numerous civilian casualties, reports of war crimes, and a humanitarian crisis. Infrastructure damage has left many without necessities like electricity or medical services.

Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas emphasized the U.S.’s commitment, stating, “Russia’s ongoing military invasion of Ukraine and the resulting humanitarian crisis requires that the United States continue to offer safety and protection to Ukrainians.”

The Numbers Behind the Decision

The extension allows about 26,000 current beneficiaries to retain TPS till April 19, 2025. Additionally, an estimated 166,700 individuals might be eligible for TPS under the redesignation.

What’s Next for Beneficiaries?

Current beneficiaries need to re-register between August 21, 2023, and October 20, 2023. This ensures they maintain their TPS and employment authorization. Moreover, USCIS is extending previously issued Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) through October 19, 2024.


The U.S. stands with Ukraine during these challenging times, offering support and protection to those affected by the conflict. This decision by DHS is a testament to the nation’s commitment to humanitarian relief.

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