Action not available in status checks

Hey Folks - I have an action that ran successfully and I’m trying to set it up to validate a PR. When I go to the branch protection and go to setup the status check the action I created does not show there. I did not add specific yml to set a status - is that required?

I read the numerous stackoverflows, About Status Checks, and About Protected Branchs and numerous other articles but none of them talk about the yml to stamp a status… Any guidance is welcome.

To sortof close this out - the action is firing on pull requests so it’s working and verifying that status passes. I guess specifically setting it in the branch protection is not required once it’s setup in the actions…