Temporary Protected Status
USCIS Announces 18-Month TPS Designation for Ukraine. On March 3, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. The designation will not go into effect until a notice is published in the Federal Register, which is expected soon. The DHS announcement states that “Individuals eligible for TPS under this designation must have continuously resided 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. Ukraine’s 18-month designation will go into effect on the publication date of the forthcoming Federal Register notice. The Federal Register notice will provide instructions for applying for TPS and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). TPS applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and undergo security and background checks.” Visit NAFSA’s page Basics of Temporary Protected Status for background about the TPS program.