The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has officially authorized the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukrainians. TPS allows nationals of designated countries to legally remain the United States for a specified period of time. This announcement was made due to the extraordinary state of violence amid a full-scale invasion of and armed conflict currently in Ukraine.  Notably, TPS is designated to assist Ukrainian nationals who are currently facing a humanitarian crisis and to protect those fearful of returning to Ukraine.

Who is eligible for TPS?  In order to qualify for TPS, an individual:

1. Must be a national of Ukraine or have last habitually resided in Ukraine as their primary residence;

2. Must undergo security and background checks; and

3. Must have continuously resided in the United States since March 1, 2022.