When the Russians breached the border of Ukraine, countless Ukrainians found themselves fleeing from the relentless bombing of their homeland. They knew that staying within the confines of their country could have catastrophic consequences.
The question remained, where would they go?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided the solution, making Ukrainian citizens eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) over the next 18 months.
Protecting Ukrainian refugees
Citing “extraordinary times” and referring to Russia’s action as a “premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine,” Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the decision to ensure Ukrainian nationals’ safety and well-being in the United States.
Temporary Protected Status falls into three categories:
- Ongoing armed conflict
- Environmental disasters
- Extraordinary and temporary conditions
Refugees returning to Ukraine anytime soon, let alone safely, is simply not an option. Not since World War II has the world seen this type of full-scale invasion. In addition to the humanitarian crisis, the damage to the country’s infrastructure is catastrophic, with residents lacking the basics of electricity, water, food, supplies, shelter, and emergency medical expenses.
Applicants eligible for the designation must have resided in the U.S. since March 1, 2022. After that date, those who try traveling into the country will be deemed ineligible. A subsequent Federal Register notice will give application instructions and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Applicants must meet all requirements and agree to security and background checks.