On November 21, 2022, USCIS announced that Ukrainian parolees and their qualifying family members do not need to wait for USCIS to approve their Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization before they can work in the United States for up to 90 days. They may show an employer an unexpired I-94. Individuals who received their Form I-94 at the time of their parole into the United States should visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website to view and print a copy of their Form I-94.
Ukrainians must have an unexpired Form I-94 with a class of admission of either “UHP” (“Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolee” admitted through Uniting for Ukraine) or “DT” (parolee who was granted parole at a port of entry or District Office). They may present their Form I-94 as an acceptable receipt to show their identity and demonstrate their employment authorization for the purposes of Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification. Note that for Ukrainians admitted under class “DT,” the I-94 must have been issued between Feb. 24 2022 and Sept. 30, 2023 and indicate Ukraine as the country of citizenship on the document.
The I-94 receipt may be used for the first 90 days of work following an employee’s date of hire. Ukrainian parolees who expect to work longer than 90 days should apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). To receive a physical EAD, Ukrainian parolees must file Form I-765 with USCIS, either online or by mail.