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Designation of Ukraine to Temporary Protected Status

On March 3, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced that in light of “Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted in an ongoing war, senseless violence,” Ukraine would be added to the list of countries for which citizens may be granted Temporary Protected Status in the United States. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that “Ukrainians [have been] forced to seek refuge in other countries. In these extraordinary times, we will continue to offer our support and protection to Ukrainian nationals in the United States.”

DHS indicated that Ukraine will be on the designated list for at least 18 months. People who are eligible for TPS under this new designation must have continuously resided in the United States prior to March 1, 2022, and that any individuals who attem