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TPS Status Extended and Redefined For Ukraine

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended TPS for Ukraine for 18 months and redesigned the program to allow more Ukrainians to benefit. The new designation also includes a Special Student Relief program for Ukrainian F-1 students. Current beneficiaries must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period to keep their TPS and employment authorization.

DHS has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine for 18 months, from October 20, 2023, through April 19, 2025.

  • The extension is due to the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Ukraine that prevent individuals from safely returning.
  • The redesignation of TPS for Ukraine allows Ukrainian nationals (and individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Ukraine) residing in the United States as of August 16, 2023, to be eligible for TPS.
  • The Special Student Relief notice allows F-1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship is Ukraine to request employment authorization, work an increased number of hours while school is in session, and reduce their course load while continuing to maintain F-1 status through the TPS designation period.
  • Current beneficiaries who wish to extend their temporary protected status must re-register in a timely manner during the 60-day re-registration period from August 21, 2023 through October 20, 2023.
  • USCIS will continue to process pending applications filed under previous TPS designations for Ukraine.

DHS will also extend the designations of:

  • El Salvador for 18 months, from September 0, 2023, through March 9, 2025 (60-day re-registration period from July 12, 2023, through September 10, 2023);
  • Honduras for 18 months, from January 6, 2024, through July 5, 2025 (60-day re-registration period from Nov. 6, 2023, through January 5, 2024);
  • Nepal for 18 months, from December 25, 2023, through June 24, 2025 (60-day re-registration period from October 24, 2023, through December 23, 2023); and
  • Nicaragua for 18 months, from January 6, 2024, through July 5, 2025 (60-day re-registration period from November 6, 2023, through January 5, 2024).

TPS Is An Individual Benefit

TPS is an individual benefit, meaning that family members cannot derive TPS because their spouse or parent receives TPS. This means that each person must meet the eligibility requirements for TPS in order to be granted the status. Family members may each apply for TPS on their own individual applications, either simultaneously or at different times.

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