USCIS Announces New Process for Children with U.S.-Based Parents or Guardians to Travel under Uniting for Ukraine (U4U)
On September 20, 2023, USCIS announced a new procedure for minor children with U.S.-based parents or legal guardians to travel under Uniting for Ukraine (U4U). Learn more about eligibility, application procedures, and documents needed to prove legal guardianship.
Ukraine’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is Redesignated with New Eligibility Dates and Extended for Current TPS Holders
Today, DHS announced a redesignation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), as well as an extension of TPS for Ukraine for 18 months from October 20, 2023 through April 19, 2025. Ukrainians who arrived in the U.S. on or before August 16, 2023, may be eligible to apply for the new TPS period. Ukrainians who already hold TPS may register to extend their status.
In July 2023, USCIS added a new question to Form I-134A, the online Declaration of Financial Support used to apply for sponsorship through the Uniting for Ukraine program (as well as other parole programs). The new question asks the supporter (sponsor) to write why the beneficiary should be granted humanitarian parole.
Ukrainians who are in the United States on humanitarian parole and/or TPS and wish to travel outside of the U.S. must first apply to USCIS for a travel document. Although the process is the same for most Ukrainians applying for an advance travel document, the type of travel document issued and how long it’s valid depends on the applicant’s status. There could be some advantages to traveling with certain types of documents.
Important Instructions for Children and Non-Ukrainian Citizen Family Members Applying for Uniting for Ukraine (U4U) Travel Authorization
USCIS recently changed the procedures for certain beneficiaries applying for Uniting for Ukraine travel authorization. Minor children under 18 years old and non-Ukrainian citizen family members are no longer able to submit their own biographical information or attestations from their own beneficiary accounts. the primary beneficiary must first add the other approved beneficiaries to the primary beneficiary’s travel group then submit all the beneficiaries’ information and attestations.
What to Know about the Proposed Ukrainian Adjustment Act Bill Introduced in Congress: Legislative Overview and Status
The Ukrainian Adjustment Act was introduced on June 7, 2023 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently, it is awaiting further movement from the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Ukrainians Seeking Asylum Should Be Aware of the One-Year Filing Deadline after Arriving in the U.S.
In general, “affirmative asylum” applications must be filed within one year of the applicant’s most recent arrival in the United States. There are a few exceptions to the 1-year deadline, including maintaining humanitarian parole, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), or another valid immigration status for a reasonable period before filing the asylum application.
Top Immigration Advocacy Initiatives
- promote efficient immigration pathways for Ukrainians seeking refuge in the United States
- advocate for the protection of vulnerable individuals and families, and
- help new arrivals access the tools and resources they need to become self-sufficient
Register at Welcome Connect to sponsor a Ukrainian
Welcome Connect is a first-of-its kind platform created to bridge the gap between Americans who want to sponsor, but don’t know anyone fleeing the war, and Ukrainians seeking refuge in the U.S. This platform was launched by our partner, Welcome.US.
How it works: Registration is not an immediate obligation to sponsor – you will create a profile, be offered an online training and start the process of connecting with a Ukrainian seeking refuge to decide whether sponsorship is a good fit for you.
Video: Step-by-Step Guide to Completing a Welcome Connect Profile
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