A country may be designated for TPS when conditions in the country fall under one or more of the three statutory grounds for designation: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters or emergency and temporary conditions. This appointment is based both on the ongoing armed conflict and on the emergency and temporary conditions in Ukraine that prevent the safe return to the country of Ukrainian citizens and stateless persons who have recently habitually resided in Ukraine.
These conditions are the result of Russia’s full-scale military invasion of Ukraine, which marks the largest conventional military operation in Europe since World War II. This invasion triggered a humanitarian crisis, with a significant number of people fleeing and civilian infrastructure damaged, leaving many without electricity, water, or access to food, basic necessities, shelter, and emergency medical services.
Persons eligible for the TPS program under this status must permanently reside in the United States effective March 1, 2022. Persons who attempting to travel to the US after March 1, 2022 will not be eligible for TPS. Ukraine’s 18-month determination will become effective from the date of publication of the forthcoming Federal Register notice. The Federal Register Notice will contain instructions for applying for TPS and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). TPS applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and pass security and background checks.
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