For Ukrainians who held TPS in the initial term but have not yet re-registered to extend their TPS status, USCIS provides a limited opportunity for individuals to re-register for TPS if they can show good cause for why they are filing after the October 20th deadline has passed.
On September 27, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Alert regarding employment authorization for noncitizens. The Policy Alert provides updated validity periods for certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and clarifies the agency’s official position on employment incident to parole for certain Ukrainians.
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.
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
Information For Arriving Ukrainians
Virtual Resettlement Line for Ukrainians
The Virtual Resettlement Line (VRL) is a one-stop resource for Ukrainian newcomers who are not yet connected to a resettlement agency or need help accessing benefits or resources in their communities. Assistance is available in Ukrainian and Russian to help new arrivals learn how to:
- Access federal mainstream and refugee benefits
- Receive help with immediate needs such as food insecurity
- Connect to resources in their communities
- Obtain referrals to local resettlement agencies for eligible clients
- Request cash assistance for eligible callers
- Get answers to general questions
The VRL is an initiative of the International Rescue Committee and supported by NRC-RIM.
Recent Webinar Recordings
Вебінар для новоприбулих українців
August 2023 immigration law updates relevant to Ukrainians in the United States
Uniting for Ukraine: a One-Year Retrospective
Attorneys Anne Smith, Esq., Iryna Mazur, and Olga Khomyak, Esq. from the Ukraine Immigration Task Force presented a webinar on May 23 on “Uniting for Ukraine: A One-Year Retrospective.” At least 340 people attended the live presentation, which was offered in English and Ukrainian. The webinar covered such topics as sponsor and beneficiary procedures, re…
Recent News for Ukrainians from Immigration Lawyer Iryna Mazur – March 18, 2023
March 2023 immigration law updates relevant to Ukrainians in the United States
Live Q&A: Immigration Options for People Affected by War in Ukraine – Liya Djamilova, Sept 29, 2022
Open Question & Answer session with an Immigration attorney.
The questions were asked in English or Russian. Questions were submitted in advance or privately via chat.