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US grants ‘temporary protected status’ to Ukrainians

/ 07:21 AM March 04, 2022
A carboard reading "stop war" is pictured in front of a part of the banking district's skyline during a protest organized by "Fridays for Future" against Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 3, 2022. (Photo by Yann Schreiber / AFP)

A carboard reading “stop war” is pictured in front of a part of the banking district’s skyline during a protest organized by “Fridays for Future” against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 3, 2022. (AFP)

WASHINGTON , United States  – The United States announced on Thursday that it is granting “temporary protected status” to Ukrainians in the country for the next 18 months.

The move by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) allows Ukrainians currently in the United States to remain here and lifts the threat of deportation.

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“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,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.

“In these extraordinary times, we will continue to offer our support and protection to Ukrainian nationals in the United States.”

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DHS said temporary protected status will be afforded to Ukrainians who were in the country as of March 1, 2022.

“Individuals who attempt to travel to the United States after March 1, 2022 will not be eligible for TPS,” DHS said.

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Firefighters work to contain a fire at the Economy Department building of Karazin Kharkiv National University, allegedly hit during recent shelling by Russia, on March 2, 2022. (AFP)

The department did not provide figures on the number of Ukrainians who would be affected by the move but The Wall Street Journal said there are 30,000 Ukrainians in the United States including students, tourists and people on expiring work visas.

The newspaper, citing a database maintained by Syracuse University, said some 4,000 Ukrainians are currently fighting deportation.

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