Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine

If you do not have TPS Ukraine, you can apply now through April 19, 2025. If you are granted temporary protected status, it will be valid through April 19, 2025. If you already have TPS Ukraine, you must re-register by October 20, 2023, to extend your status.

Updated agosto 21, 2023

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Ukrainians outside the U.S. may be eligible for a humanitarian parole program to live and work temporarily in the U.S. through Uniting for Ukraine.

What is TPS   

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of immigration status for people already in the United States. TPS is for people who cannot go back to their home country because of danger, such as an armed conflict or environmental disaster.

If you have TPS, you can:

  • Stay in the U.S. legally for a period of time
  • Apply for a work permit in the U.S.
  • Apply to travel outside the U.S.
  • Be protected from detention and deportation 

You will not get any of the benefits of TPS until your application is approved. TPS is temporary. It does not give you lawful permanent status, citizenship, or any permanent immigration status. 

Go to the USCIS TPS Ukraine page for more details.

New applicants

Who can apply

You must meet the following requirements to apply:

  • Be a national of Ukraine or a person without nationality who lived in Ukraine for a long time before arriving in the U.S.
  • Have lived only in the U.S. since August 16, 2023 
  • Have not left the U.S. since October 20, 2023

You may not be eligible if you have committed certain crimes.

Public charge does not apply to TPS applicants. You can use any government programs you qualify for.

How to apply

You can apply for TPS Ukraine by filing Form I-821. You can file your application online or by mail with USCIS.

You must send documents showing proof of your identity, nationality, and date of entry. These are listed in the What to File section.

You must pay a fee if you are applying for TPS for the first time. You might be able to apply for a fee waiver if you can’t afford to pay the fee. Learn how to use the USCIS fee calculator.

It is important to apply as soon as possible. The last day to apply is April 19, 2025 but
that is also the last day TPS for Ukraine is currently available.

What happens next

USCIS will review your application and send you a receipt notice. You can check the status of your application online by typing in your receipt number. If you do not get a receipt within 3 weeks of filing, you can call the USCIS Contact Center

You may get a letter asking for more evidence. This could be your photo, fingerprints, signature, and other documents. 

You will get a letter approving or denying your application. If you applied for a work permit, you will also get information about your application.

If you do not get TPS, you will get information on whether and how you can appeal their decision. 

Re-registration for current TPS holders

If you already have TPS for Ukraine, you must re-register by October 20, 2023, to extend your benefits to April 19, 2025.

To re-register, you will need to file a new Form I-821. You can file your application with USCIS online or by mail. You do not have to pay a fee.

It is important to re-register before the deadline and not to wait until your EAD expires. If you wait, you could have a gap in work authorization.

Work permit

Work permits are available to people with TPS and are known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). It shows employers that you are allowed to work in the USA.

You can apply for work authorization by filing Form I-765. It is recommended you apply for a work permit at the same time you apply for TPS. Filing both forms together may help you get EAD faster. You can also apply later.

Travel permit

Travel permits are available to people with TPS. It is known as advanced parole. It shows immigration officials that you are allowed to travel abroad and back to the USA.

You can apply for a travel permit by filing Form I-131. Follow the Federal Register notice instructions when applying for a travel permit.

What happens when TPS expires?

DHS will review country conditions at least 60 days prior to when it is set to expire. They will decide whether to continue it further. If TPS Ukraine expires, you will have the same immigration status you had before getting TPS. 

If you did not have a legal immigration status before you applied for TPS, you may become undocumented. You can apply for another form of immigration status if you are eligible. If you stay without any legal status, you will risk the chance of arrest or deportation. 

Can I change my immigration status?

You can have TPS at the same time as another immigration status. 

You can apply for asylum, lawful permanent status (green card), or other protected status if you meet the requirements for those applications.

It is important to seek legal advice from an immigration lawyer or accredited representative. They can help you apply and discuss questions or concerns. Many organizations and lawyers offer free or low-cost legal services

The Embassy of Ukraine can offer more information. You can contact the Embassy of Ukraine at (202) 349-2963 or visit its consular offices in Washington D.C., New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago.

USCIS offers other immigration services that may help people affected by extreme situations, including the invasion in Ukraine. Call 800-375-5283 to learn how to request help. 

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