The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published two Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Federal Register notices on Monday for Ukraine and Sudan, and only for those who have been inside the country for a week.
Registration will begin this Tuesday, April 19.
To be eligible under the Ukraine designation, individuals must demonstrate continuous residence in the United States on April 11, 2022.
The U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) estimates that 59,600 people currently in the United States may be eligible for TPS under the Ukraine designation. Ukrainian citizens outside the United States are not eligible for TPS under this designation and will be ineligible when moving to the United States in the coming weeks.
Instead, Ukrainians are encouraged to apply for a visa or other legal means at a US consulate.
To be eligible under the Sudan designation, individuals must demonstrate continuous residence in the United States as of March 1, 2022, and constant physical presence in the United States as stated in the Federal Register notice.
HSD warned that "individuals who arrive in the United States after March 1, 2022, are not eligible for TPS under this designation and may be subject to removal if they do not have other authorization to be in the United States."
Volunteers from Calvary San Diego Church, the Chula Vista church that has become a cross-border support center for Ukrainian refugees, told Chula Vista Today that Tijuana's Deportivo Benito Juárez, home to some 2,000 refugees, emptied Weekend.
According to the volunteers, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office expedited the process of Ukrainian refugees through the pedestrian port of entry, PedWest, up to 1,000 people per day.