This week, we read about how international flights to and from India are still suspended, Ukrainian immigrants being made eligible for temporary protected status, (TPS), and expansion of TPS for Sudanese and South Sudanese immigrants. 

Scheduled international flights to remain suspended for now, says DGCA

International flights to and from India will remain suspended.

Due to the pandemic, many international flights were suspended in March of 2020 until February 28, 2022. This past Monday, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) extended the suspension.

Flights would have been likely to resume this March. However, the Russia-Ukraine conflict may have further prevented resuming flights. There is no current date for the resumption. 

Biden Administration Will Extend Immigration Relief to Ukrainians in the U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will allow eligible Ukrainians to stay in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

TPS is a form of temporary relief for those who would face extreme hardship if forced to return to their home country. This can apply to those seeking refuge from war or natural disasters. The protection is limited to migrants already living in the U.S. 

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

About 75,100 people may be eligible for TPS for Ukraine. Applicants must have resided in the U.S. since March 1st in order to be eligible. The protection lasts for 18 months. 

Lawmakers and immigration advocate groups put pressure on the administration to take action. Since, ICE has paused deportations to Ukraine, and Ukraine was added to the list of countries eligible for TPS.  

Biden Is Expanding The Number Of Sudanese And South Sudanese Who Can Obtain Temporary Protected Status In The US

The Biden administration is expanding the number of people eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from Sudan and South Sudan. 

Under TPS, immigrants from certain countries are eligible for work permits and protected from deportation.

“Sudan is currently experiencing political instability and unrest, and armed conflict in South Sudan has displaced millions of residents,” said DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Secretary Mayorkas said he’s decided to put protections in place until conditions improve for both countries. 

The TPS protections will be eligible for Sudanese and South Sudanese immigrants that have been in the U.S. since March 1st. The protections last for 18 months.

A military takeover in Sudan instigated violence, political instability, and human rights abuses. They also noted a humanitarian crisis with flooding, food and water shortages, and community conflict. 

The new decision allows for 2,390 Sudanese nationals to apply for TPS.

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