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Temporary Protected Status Authorized for Ukraine

Temporary Protected Status UkraineThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.

Announced March 3, the designation is based on “Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine,” according to DHS.

“TPS allows people from countries suffering from a humanitarian crisis to be able to remain in the United States legally, obtain a work authorization card, and a Social Security card,” explained Cramer & Anderson Immigration Law Partner Lisa Rivas. “However, in this case it applies to residents of Ukraine who are already living in the U.S., not to those who might travel here now.”

The DHS guidelines provide these details:

  • Individuals eligible for TPS under the Ukraine 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.

Temporary Protected Status for UkraineThose seeking assistance with the TPS process may reach out to Attorney Rivas by phone at 203-744-1234, or by email at

Attorney Rivas is highly experienced in all aspects of Immigration Law and has been widely honored for volunteer work on behalf of the immigrant community.

These honors include a 2020 Graduates of the Last Decade Impact Award from the UConn Law School Alumni Association, a Connecticut Law Tribune New Leaders in the Law award, an Above and Beyond Award from the Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury, and a Pro Bono Award as part of Law Day in Danbury.

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