TPS allows citizens of certain countries to remain in the United States legally until the status expires.

The U.S. lawmakers have appealed to President Joe Biden to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Ukrainians in the United States in connection with the Russian military invasion of Ukraine. The head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Rob Portman addressed the head of the White House.

TSP means temporary protection status granted to citizens of countries involved in armed conflict who are in the United States with a nonimmigrant visa.

“In light of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, we ask the [White House] administration to immediately take all necessary measures – including assigning temporary protection status to Ukrainians – so that Ukrainian citizens who are in the United States are not forced to return to Ukraine,” the senators wrote.

“As you know, TPS status can be granted to citizens of another country currently residing in the United States if returning to their country would pose a serious threat to their personal safety due to the ongoing armed conflict, temporary consequences of an environmental disaster or other emergency and temporary conditions,” the authors of the appeal said. “TPS allows citizens of certain countries to remain in the United States legally until the status expires.”