As expected, on March 3, 2022, DHS announced that Ukraine would be designated for Temporary Protected Status.
"Individuals eligible for TPS under this designation must have continuously resided in the United States since March 1, 2022. Individuals who attempt to travel to the United States after March 1, 2022 will not be eligible for TPS. Ukraine’s 18-month designation will go into effect on the publication date of the forthcoming Federal Register notice. The Federal Register notice will provide instructions for applying for TPS and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). TPS applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and undergo security and background checks."
With so many attorneys willing to engage in fraudulent, unethical, or unprofessional activity, it is important to remember that if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. On February 23, 2022, the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey posted news of the arrest of Steven G. Thomas of New Hope, Pennsylvania. Thomas was arrested and charged with visa fraud. Just a few years ago, another local lawyer, David Piver, was charged with similar criminal conduct and ended up pleading guilty to aiding and abetting false statements. On April 19, 2021, the Board of Immigration Appeals suspended yet another local lawyer for one year and one day. The BIA acted after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended Tahir Mella for one year and one day on March 14, 2021. In Mella's case, the suspension was imposed on account of his violation of various rules of professional conduct and federal regulations. Even if you hire a lawyer to handle your case, it remains your responsibility to be informed on what is happening with your case.