Written By Lisa Shea, Esq.
The United States has announced a program to benefit Ukrainians still living abroad through its Uniting for Ukraine program.
This is a new parole allowing a U.S. supporter or sponsor, who 1) has lawful status in the US, 2) passes a security and background check, and 3) has sufficient financial resources to support the individual(s) being sponsored, to file a declaration of support for a Ukrainian who is outside the United States, including, spouses and unmarried children under 21 (note that a child under 18 must be traveling with a parent or legal guardian). The beneficiary must possess a valid Ukraine passport, have a declaration of support filed on their behalf, and have clear biometric and security checks.
Once the declaration of support is deemed sufficient by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and background checks are completed, the beneficiary will receive a 90-day travel authorization. There is no government filing fee for this process.
For Ukrainians already in the United States with continuous presence since April 11, 2022, the temporary protected status may be an option.
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Lisa Shea is a shareholder at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. She is leading the firm’s Immigration practice, as well as Immigration Chair for the Prince William County Bar Association. If you have additional questions or concerns contact Lisa Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 703-335-2009.
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