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Be a Part of a Sponsorship Circle

Posted on November 5, 2022

Did you know that you can sponsor newcomers as a group? By being a part of a sponsorship circle, you can help newly arriving individuals meet more people within the community. Through group sponsorship you can divide up the work of welcoming within your circle, making it easier!Learn more about group sponsorship at Read more

Our Current Advocacy Initiatives

Posted on November 5, 2022

The Ukraine Immigration Task Force proposes the following regulatory actions to ensure safety and security of Ukrainian citizens seeking refuge in the United States: Proposed Regulatory Action 1. Redesignate Ukraine for TPS as soon as possible and simultaneously extend the current term eligibility date to January 1, 2023.  Problem: Many B-2 visa holders and humanitarian parolees were only able to come to the U.S. after April 11. In fact, some of the largest waves of Ukrainians who entered through Mexico between April 12 and April 25, with a trickle of families who were admitted later after being detained. Those present in the U.S. on a B-2 visa risk overstaying their 6-month allowed stay, while those admitted at the Mexican border were only granted humanitarian parole for one year.  Policy Justification: The simultaneous extension and redesignation are warranted because the extraordinary and temporary conditions supporting Ukraine’s TPS designation remain. Moreover, recent intervening events such as escalated terrorist attacks, annexation of 4 provinces, the imposition of martial law, and increased permanent displacement in most population centers warrant urgent action for immediate redesignation. This makes return to Ukraine impossible for millions of persons displaced or unable to return to a Ukraine-controlled territory. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the occupying military regime has widely committed human rights violations and abuses, […] Read more

Ukraine Action Summit

Posted on November 5, 2022

The Ukraine Immigration Task Force is honored to have participated in the first Ukraine Action Summit! Our hardworking delegation accomplished its mission to promote efficient immigration pathways for those seeking refuge, provide new arrivals with tools for self-sufficiency, and advocate for protection of vulnerable individuals and families. We held several productive meetings with Members of Congress to educate them on immigration issues and propose solutions to challenges faced by displaced Ukrainians. Some of our members also met with State Department officials. And, we collaborated with numerous amazing organizations advocating for a full spectrum of Ukrainian causes. We plan to keep up the momentum in our upcoming Ukrainian Days Advocacy Event in November! Read more Petition for Immediate Employment Authorization for Ukrainians, Afghans, and Other Humanitarian Parolees!

Posted on November 5, 2022

Petition LIVE NOW at Alert the Biden Administration and Members of Congress about the serious danger of exploitation and victimization facing over 160,000 newly arriving Ukrainians, Afghans, and other vulnerable individuals in the United States due to their lack of access to lawful employment opportunities. Please read the petition, sign it, and share it with your networks! Sign Petition     Read more

Immediate Employment Authorization for Ukrainians: Background and Talking Points

Posted on October 31, 2022

Immediate Employment Authorization for Ukrainians: Background and Talking Points Numerous articles written in recent years have highlighted the dangers of exploitation, abuse, and victimization for individuals who are not allowed to work lawfully. This is not specific to Ukrainians, nor is this a new problem. What’s different about the crisis facing newly arriving Ukrainians is the magnitude of the problem, which is compounded by several factors. The Ukraine Immigration Task Force has taken steps to try to address this crisis with at least a temporary solution that would get hundreds of thousands of recent arrivals working legally as soon as possible. Read more

Live Q&A: Immigration Options for People Affected by War in Ukraine – Liya Djamilova, Sept 29, 2022

Posted on September 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. Read more

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status – Stephanie Lubert & Justin Mixon – Sept 22, 2022

Posted on September 22, 2022

Вебінар щодо спеціального статусу неповнолітніх іммігрантів, шлях до грін-карти для молоді, яка не може возз’єднатися принаймні з одним із батьків з різних причин, включаючи жорстоке поводження, недбалість або залишення. Ми розглянемо вимоги до SIJS, поговоримо про процедуру подання заявки на SIJS та обговоримо конкретні питання SIJS для української молоді в Сполучених Штатах. Вебінар представлять Стефані Люберт, керуючий адвокат Програми захисту прав іммігрантів у HIAS Пенсільванії, та Джастін Міксон, досвідчений адвокат SIJS у Пенсільванії. Materials in English: Slides: Graphic: Materials in Ukrainian: Slides: Graphic 1: Graphic 2: Read more

Uniting for Ukraine Beneficiaries: Preparing for Interview with U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Posted on August 26, 2022

A great resource from VECINA for Ukrainians arriving under U4U to set the expectations for the process at the airport.  Read more

Can Ukrainians seek asylum in US?

Posted on August 16, 2022

Individuals seeking political asylum in the United States must file an Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal within one year of their arrival to the United States, though there are a few limited exceptions to the one-year filing deadline. In addition to the one-year filing deadline, there could be other bars to asylum such as firm resettlement in another country or criminal history. A person may apply for asylum in the United States regardless of their country of origin or their current immigration status. In order to apply for asylum protection, applicants must show.... Read more

USCIS to Implement Second Phase of Premium Processing Expansion

Posted on May 5, 2022

USCIS is implementing the second phase of the premium processing expansion August 1. Unfortunately, the I-765 is not included in this phase, either. Phase 2 will offer premium processing for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140 under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. Please see the attached update. Similar to the first phase of the expansion, this phase only applies to certain previously filed Form I-140 petitions under an E13 multinational executive and manager classification or E21 classification as a member of professions with advanced degrees or exceptional ability seeking a national interest waiver. Petitioners who wish to request a premium processing upgrade must file Form I-907. Beginning August 1, 2022, USCIS will accept Form I-907 requests for: More info: 📁 USCIS to Implement Second Phase of Premium Read more

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