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Avoid Scams, Fraud, and Unauthorized Legal Advice about Uniting for Ukraine and Other Immigration Processes

Posted on January 26, 2023

There has been an increase in scams and predatory behavior targeting individuals from Ukraine and other countries who may be considered for parole under the Uniting for Ukraine.  USCIS is asking potential sponsors and beneficiaries to be cautious of scams and rumors. 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

Can You Travel Outside of the United States While on Humanitarian Parole / Uniting for Ukraine?

Posted on January 10, 2023

Ukrainian humanitarian parolees must apply for an Advance Parole Travel Document in order to travel outside of the United States or a U.S. territory. To apply for an Advance Parole Travel Document... Read more

Tips for Obtaining a Non-Working Social Security Number (SSN)

Posted on December 2, 2022

Ukrainian humanitarian parolees are eligible to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) without receiving employment authorization. This is called a non-working SSN. However, it is only issued to individuals who are able to demonstrate that they require a non-working SSN in order to obtain health or social services benefits. Read more

USCIS Announces Eligible Ukrainian and Afghan Parolees May Work for up to 90 Days before Receiving an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

Posted on November 21, 2022

We are excited to share a major legal update about employment by Ukrainians prior to receiving work permits! Today, USCIS announced a major update on employment authorization for Ukrainian humanitarian parolees. Please see the full announcement at the bottom of this post. Read more

Can Ukrainian Parolees Accept Government Benefits? Understanding the Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

Posted on September 26, 2022

The new final rule on the public charge ground of inadmissibility was announced on September 8, 2022. Under the final rule, a public charge is defined as "an alien who has received one or more public benefits, as defined in the rule, for more than 12 months within any 36-month period." For those not familiar with the public charge ground of inadmissibility, an alien who is likely at any time to become a public charge is generally inadmissible to the United States and ineligible to become a lawful permanent resident. 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 the United States?

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

Issues Applying for SSN and Benefits for Ukrainians

Posted on August 10, 2022

Among the first priorities for many arriving under the Uniting for Ukraine program is to obtain due benefits. However, there are quite a few instances in which local SSA and other benefits-granting offices are not aware of which benefits Ukrainians are eligible for and how to administer those benefits to recent arrivals. For example, we have heard of situations in which health insurance providers want a Social Security Number, but the local SSA office informs people that they cannot issue an SSN before applicants receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Or, some SSA offices don’t want to issue a non-working SSN in states where Ukrainians are eligible to receive certain benefits without having an SSN (for example, in New York State).  For the purposes of obtaining benefits, all family members can apply for non-working SSN at their local SSA local office. If they are applying for Medicaid, they should be able to get a letter from the benefits-granting agency stating they need an SSN in order to be able to process their Medicaid application. They can take that letter to the SSA, which should then issue them a non-working SSN. The SSA offices can confirm these provisions directly in their Program Operations Manual, found at and It also helps to come to the SSA with a form from […] 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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