On April 18th, the Department of Homeland Security published two Federal Register notices regarding how to register for Temporary Protected Status for individuals fleeing Ukraine and Sudan. Earlier this month, Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security declared an 18-month TPS designation for both of these countries. It is estimated that there are about 59,600 individuals from Ukraine in the U.S. who may be eligible for Temporary protected status and approximately 3,090 individuals eligible for TPS under the designation of Sudan. (This includes an estimated 2,390 newly eligible individuals as well as an estimated 700 current TPS Sudan beneficiaries, whose TPS-related documentation has been automatically extended pursuant to court orders through at least Dec. 31, 2022. If you fall in this classification, you need to file a new application for TPS under the new Sudan designation otherwise you risk losing your protection.)
DHS has announced that the registration process for both Ukraine and Sudan will begin on April 19th so all those seeing Temporary Protected Status under this designation need to file an application. In order to be eligible under Ukraine TPS, you must have lived continuously in the United States since April 11, 2022 and continuous physical presence in the United States since the designation date in the Federal Register notice.
Are Ukrainian nations living outside the U.S. eligible? No, they are currently not and would not become eligible by moving to the United States now. If you find yourself seeking help, it is advised to apply for a visa or other asylum path at a U.S. consulate in your country.
In order to be eligible under Sudan TPS, you must have lived continuously in the United States since March 1, 2022 and continuous physical presence in the United States since the designation date in the Federal Register notice. Those who have arrived in the U.S. after March 1, 2022 are not eligible for TPS and are subject to removal if they are in the U.S. unlawfully.
To apply for TPS, submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status (during the 18-month initial registration period that runs from April 19, 2022, through Oct. 19, 2023). You can file the form online and at the same time applicants can request an Employment Authorization Document by filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, alongside Form I-821.