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Ukrainians Will Be Granted Immigration Relief By The Biden Administration

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According to Homeland Security, Ukrainians in the United States will be allowed to remain in the country under a form of humanitarian relief.

Known as Temporary Protected Status, the relief is for people who would face extreme hardship if they returned to homelands devastated by armed conflict or natural disasters. This protection is available only to those living in the U.S. DHS has the discretion to designate a country for TPS.

A statement announcing the move said, “Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted in an ongoing war, senseless violence, and Ukrainians fleeing to other countries.” “During these extraordinary times, we will continue to offer support and protection to Ukrainians in the United States.”

According to a DHS spokesperson, nearly 75,100 people are eligible to apply for TPS under the designation of Ukraine, which is more than double the previous estimates. Individuals must have resided continuously in the US for at least 18 months in order to be eligible for TPS.

30,000 Ukrainians who are on visas could benefit from this protected status, according to the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank. Ukrainians on visas are shielded from deportation when their visas expire if TPS is extended to them.

Democrats and Republicans have urged the Biden administration to provide protections for Ukrainians in the US who can’t return to war-torn Ukraine.

A bipartisan group of senators wrote a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to extend the relief, writing: “Forcing Ukrainian nationals to return to Ukraine in the midst of a war would be inconsistent with American values and our national security interests.”

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