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Ukraine Immigration Task Force Quoted in USCRI’s Policy Report on Why Benefits Should Be Extended for New Ukrainian Parolees

Posted on October 10, 2023

The Ukraine Immigration Task Force was quoted in today's Policy & Advocacy Report from the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). The policy brief highlights some of the financial and safety challenges for newly arriving Ukrainians paroled after September 30, 2023 who are not eligible for federal mainstream benefits, Medicaid coverage, or ORR funded resettlement assistance. The report underscores the importance of these benefits to both Ukrainians fleeing war and the continued success of sponsor-driven humanitarian parole programs. Read more

Top Advocacy Initiatives for Fall 2023

Posted on August 31, 2023

Learn about our current immigration advocacy goals for Ukrainians and help us spread the word! Read more

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Calls on Congress to Reauthorize the Lautenberg Amendment

Posted on August 31, 2023

If Congress does not reauthorize the Lautenberg Amendment, this vital resettlement pathway is in danger of closing to Ukrainians and other people who seek religious freedom. Read more

Ukraine Immigration Task Force Urges Biden Administration to Redesignate and Extend TPS for Ukraine

Posted on August 11, 2023

Today, we called on President Biden, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to immediately extend and redesignate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine for 18-months. Read more

Current Immigration Advocacy Initiatives

Posted on April 4, 2023

Read about our top short-term and long-term immigration advocacy initiatives for Ukrainians. Help us spread the word about these important issues! 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 ukraine.welcome.us. 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

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