DHS update

As geopolitical tensions persist, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has stepped forward to provide crucial support for Ukrainian Nationals affected by the Russia-Ukraine conflict. This comprehensive review outlines the recently announced measures, offering a lifeline to those impacted by the crisis.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

DHS has granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a duration of 18 months. This designation allows Ukrainian Nationals (and stateless individuals who last resided in Ukraine) present in the US before March 1, 2022, to stay during the specified period. Moreover, they can apply for employment authorization if they meet the eligibility criteria. Detailed information on TPS eligibility and application procedures can be found here.

Asylum for Ukrainian Nationals

For Ukrainian Nationals currently in the US unable to return due to persecution fears based on nationality, race, religion, social group, or political opinion, applying for asylum is an option. Explore eligibility requirements and the application process here to understand how asylum provides a pathway for those facing persecution.

Humanitarian Parole

Individuals facing urgent humanitarian situations or demonstrating significant public benefit reasons may seek humanitarian parole. While allowing temporary entry and employment authorization, humanitarian parole is discretionary and granted on a case-by-case basis. It does not confer immigration status or replace established processing channels. Find eligibility details and application guidelines here.

Additional Immigration Flexibilities

USCIS has introduced immigration flexibilities to assist individuals affected by extreme situations, including the invasion of Ukraine. Visit the USCIS website here for detailed information on these flexibilities and how they may benefit those in special circumstances.


In times of crisis, these immigration options serve as a beacon of hope for Ukrainian Nationals navigating the challenges brought about by the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Stay informed on eligibility criteria and application processes to access the support provided by these DHS initiatives.

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