US grants temporary protection to Ukrainian citizens

US grants temporary protection to Ukrainian citizens

The United States announced the granting of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Ukraine for the next 18 months, which prevents the deportation of Ukrainians who are in its territory and allows them to access a work permit and reside.

US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas

“Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted in an ongoing war, senseless violence, and Ukrainians forced to seek refuge in other countries,” US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in announcing the decision. it’s a statement.

This protection will apply to Ukrainians who have been in the US since before March 1, so it cannot be requested by those who have entered the country after that date.

Mayorkas stressed that “in these extraordinary times” the United States “will continue to offer support and protection to Ukrainian citizens.”

According to the Migration Policy Institute study center, it is estimated that there are around 30,000 Ukrainian citizens in the US with temporary visas or without legal coverage who could benefit from TPS.

This immigration program offers temporary protection against deportation and access to a work permit for undocumented immigrants who cannot return to their countries of origin due to natural disasters, armed conflicts or other extraordinary conditions.

Currently, there are a dozen countries with TPS in force, including Haiti, Honduras or El Salvador.

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