The Biden administration is extending protections to thousands of Ukrainians who left their homeland when the war with Russia began. USCIS issued new guidance on March 13, 2022, informing Ukrainian beneficiaries there is a 1-year extension for many Ukrainians who fled their homes in the first months after Russia’s invasion. Because the war is continuing, many Ukrainians who fled to the United States are fearful because their 1 year protected status will expire soon.
The Department of Homeland Security said the extension is for certain Ukrainian nationals and their immediate family members who were let into the U.S. before the Uniting for Ukraine program started. These individuals arrived through the southern border with Mexico.
Regarding the 1-year extension for many Ukrainians, homeland Security spokesperson Angelo Fernández Hernández said:
“As Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the unprecedented humanitarian crisis it has caused continue, DHS assesses that there remain urgent humanitarian reasons, as well as a significant public benefit, for extending the parole of certain Ukrainians and family members on a case-by-case basis to align with the parole provided under Uniting for Ukraine.”
Ukrainians who have lived in the U.S. since April 19, 2022, can apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This program allows immigrants from crisis-stricken countries to obtain work permits and deportation protections.
The USCIS gave Ukrainians Temporary Protected Status in 2022. There are many benefits of TPS status, including:
To legally remain in the U.S. permanently, Ukrainians must apply for other immigration benefits such as family-based green cards.
An immigration attorney can help Ukrainians with immigration applications, including green cards. A deportation defense lawyer can provide advice, guidance and representation to help you fight removal from the United States. For a confidential consultation to learn how an attorney can help your case, contact the experienced immigration attorneys at Godoy Law at 630-912-0322.