• Tanya Powers

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) – Ukraine


TPS for Ukraine

Countries may be designated for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. TPS may be granted to individuals from designated countries who are already in the United States.


During a designated period, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries or who are found preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases (prima facie eligible):

  • Are not removable from the United States

  • Can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD)

  • May be granted travel authorization

TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status.


Ukraine has been designated for TPS, for 18 months, effective April 19, 2022, through Oct. 29, 2023. Eligible individuals may submit an initial registration application under the designation for TPS for Ukraine and apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) during the 18-month registration period that began April 19, 2022 and ends on October 19, 2023.


To be eligible for TPS, individuals must:

  • Be a national of Ukraine, or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in Ukraine;

  • File an application with USCIS between April 19, 2022 and October 19, 2023, or meet the requirements for late initial filing during any extension of TPS designation;

  • Have been continuously physically present in the United States since April 19, 2022; and

  • Have been continuously residing in the United States since April 11, 2022.

Individuals may not be eligible for TPS on several grounds including certain criminal convictions.


For more information, visit the USCIS website.

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