Temporary Protected Status

If you previously had TPS and work authorization (EAD) based on TPS (A-12 category), you can extend them by filing a re-registration application as outlined below before October 20, 2023. Your EAD is automatically extended for a year, until October 19, 2024, to give you time to apply for and receive a new EAD card.

TPS re-registration application is free, but people over 14 years old will have to pay a $85 biometrics fee. An EAD extension costs $410. You may request a fee waiver if you cannot afford the fees.


The Department of Homeland Security has designated Ukraine under a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) through April 19, 2025.

You are eligible to apply for TPS if you are a Ukrainian national who arrived in the U.S. on or before August 16, 2023, have lived in the U.S. since and do not have convictions for serious crimes. Ukrainians who arrived in the U.S. on a tourist visa, humanitarian parole (including Uniting for Ukraine), or are in the process of removal or seeking asylum can apply for TPS. With the TPS status, you will remain in the US legally and may apply for work authorization and enroll your children in school. You may also travel outside the U.S. and return with a permission of the immigration service (“Advance Parole”).

What is TPS and why you should apply

The cost of the initial TPS application is $50 plus $85 biometrics fee (children under 14 years old do not need biometrics). An initial employment authorization document (EAD) based on TPS costs $410 for people between 14 and 65 years old and is free for children and seniors. If you cannot afford the fees, you can request a fee waiver by mailing form I-912 along with your TPS and EAD applications.

You can apply for TPS online, or by mail. If you are submitting forms I-131 – Application for Travel Document or I-912 – Request for Fee Waiver, you may not apply online and have to apply by mail.

The timeframe for processing TPS applications for Ukraine is currently 9 months on average.

If you need help of a pro bono attorney in filling out TPS forms, contact Lawyers for Good Government or your closest resettlement agency.

How to Apply

Step-by-step guide on how to apply for TPS. The dates in the video are not current.
Currently, all Ukrainians who arrived before AUGUST 16, 2023 are eligible for TPS.
TPS is granted until APRIL 19, 2025

To apply for TPS, for each family member who is a Ukrainian citizen:

Fill out an application for TPS

Fill out form I-821 – Application for Temporary Protected Status. The filing fee for the initial application is $50; re-registration is free. Add $85 for biometric services (children under 14 years old do not have to pay the biometric fee).

  • Complete sections 1-3 and 7-11 (sections 4-6 are required only for late filings and don’t apply at this time).
  • If a question does not apply to you, type “N/A.”
  • For items 2-3 in section 7, use the last sheet or attach additional sheets if the responses about the countries you visited don’t fit. Print the applicant’s name on top of each additional sheet, indicate what section and question it responds to, and sign and date it.
  • If you have answered YES to any eligibility question in Section 7, attach additional sheets with an explanation and a certified translation of all relevant police, court or other documents showing what happened. If you cannot attach official documents, provide a signed explanation of the reasons.
  • If you are applying for another family member, indicate yourself as Preparer. You MUST list yourself as Preparer if you are filling out the form for a child under the age 14: children under the age of 14 are not allowed to file USCIS forms on their own.

Fill out an application for work authorization

If the applicant needs permission to work and has not yet applied for employment authorization, fill out form I-765 – Application for Employment Authorization Document. See instructions in the Documents section. The filing fee for this form is $410 (children under 14 years old and seniors older than 65 are exempt from the filing fee if submitting an initial EAD request together with a TPS application).

Fill out an application for Advance Parole

If the applicant wants to be able to travel outside the U.S. while on TPS, submit also form I-131 – Application for Travel Document to receive an Advance Parole. The filing fee for this form is $575.

Fill out a request for Fee Waiver

If you cannot afford to pay the fees for the forms and biometric services, attach also form I-912 – Request for Fee Waiver. Prepare one form for the entire family and submit on top of the applications for all family members for whom you are asking the fee waiver. If you are receiving welfare benefits, such as Medicaid, food stamps or cash aid, put that information in I-912 form and attach a proof (a document called “verification of benefits” from the welfare agency). If you do not receive welfare benefits, explain in great detail in the Financial Hardship section of the form why you cannot afford to pay the filing fee. Each family member for whom you are asking the fee waiver must sign the form in Part 7.

Attach the following documents

  1. A copy of the Ukrainian passport (all pages). If you are applying for a child who is glued into your passport, attach your passport with the child’s page;
  2. A copy of I-94 (front and back, if you have a white paper card from the border). If you did not receive an I-94 at the border, print it from website https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/recent-search;
  3. 2 passport-type photos (if applying for employment authorization via form I-765);
  4. Certified translation of the child’s birth certificate (if filing any form for a child below the age of 14);
  5. Proof of continuous residence in the U.S.: a rental agreement, a utility bill in your name, the letter from a welfare agency or DMV showing your name and address or any other official documents showing that you currently live in the U.S. If you do not yet have any “official” documents, submit a letter explaining the situation and attach what you have: a free housing voucher, the letter from a friend or relative with whom you are staying or your correspondence with the landlord who allowed you to stay at their place;
  6. If filing by mail, a check or money order for the combined I-821 filing fee and biometrics fee, and separate checks for forms I-765 and I-131, if applicable, addressed to “United States Department of Homeland Security” – if you are NOT including a Request for Fee Waiver (form I-912).

If applying by mail, send all forms and supporting documents to the appropriate address:

If you live in…

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio

Mail to…

USCIS Chicago Lockbox

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS Ukraine
P.O. Box 4464
Chicago, IL 60680-4464

FedEx, UPS или DHL:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS Ukraine (Box 4464)
131 S. Dearborn St., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

If you live in…

California, New Jersey, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Mail to..

USCIS Phoenix Lockbox

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS Ukraine
P.O. Box 24047
Phoenix, AZ 85074-4047

FedEx, UPS или DHL:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS Ukraine (Box 24047)
2108 E. Elliot Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85284-1806

When USCIS receives your application, it will mail you a Receipt Notice. If you have filed the form online, you will typically receive a Receipt notice in the Documents section of your USCIS case within minutes of filing. If you filed the form by mail, you will receive Receipt Notice by mail within 2-4 weeks of filing. If you have not received a Receipt Notice within a month of submitting your application, call USCIS to make sure your application was received.

If you have moved since you filed any applications with USCIS, change your address via form AR-11 – Change of Address or your USCIS online account! Include the receipt number for any pending cases with USCIS with your address change request. Otherwise USCIS will mail all correspondence and documents to your old address!