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Our Top Advocacy Initiatives

Posted on March 8, 2023

Please help us advocate for our top 5 immigration initiatives: 1. Extend Parole and Employment Authorization for Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees 2. Redesignate Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) 3. Automatically Grant Advance Parole Travel Authorization to with Re-Parole 4. Grant B-2 Visa Holders an Employment Hardship Exemption 5. Allow Humanitarian Parolees to Apply for Temporary Work Visas and Employment-Based Immigrant Visas Read more

Re-Parole for Ukrainians: Issues and Proposed Solutions

Posted on February 23, 2023

Ukrainians who were granted humanitarian parole for only one year in spring of 2022 are unable to receive timely re-parole or extend their stay in the United States. In addition to losing lawful status and becoming at risk for deportation, Ukrainians who cannot obtain re-parole soon risk losing their employment authorization, medical insurance, and other federal benefits that were granted based on their parole status. The Ukraine Immigration Task Force has outlined a summary below of the challenges caused by the current regulations and processing delays. We are also proposing specific regulatory actions that would enable Ukrainians whose parole expires soon to quickly and easily apply for re-parole, maintain their employment authorization, and continue to have access to benefits for which they are currently eligible. Read more

Know Your Rights with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Posted on February 8, 2023

All people who are living in the United States have certain rights that are given to them by the U.S. Constitution. This includes citizens, lawful permanent residents, those who are here on a visa, humanitarian parolees, other immigrants, and those who are undocumented. The term "undocumented" refers to a person residing in the United States without legal documentation. This can be people who entered the U.S. without inspection and proper permission from the government, as well as those who entered with a visa or a legal status that is no longer valid. If you or someone you know are approached by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), know your rights at work, at home, or in public places. Read more

Welcome Corps Private Sponsorship Program for Refugees Announced

Posted on January 20, 2023

The Ukraine Immigration Task Force is excited to announce a new program that hopes to increase the number of refugees admitted from other countries. The State Department just launched Welcome Corps, which represents the first major development in U.S. refugee immigration in a long time. This program will enable Americans to help thousands of people from around the world start new lives in the United States through private sponsorship.  The new program follows President Biden’s February 2021 Executive Order... Read more

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 humanitarian parolees and B-2 visa holders were only able to come to the U.S. after April 11. In fact, some of the largest waves of Ukrainians entered 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 southern 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, including widespread rape, […] 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

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