Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a one-year extension of parole for certain Ukrainian nationals who, after the Russian invasion, were paroled into the United States for a period of one year before the two-year parole became available under the Uniting for Ukraine (UFU) program.
On a case-by-case basis, DHS will consider the extension for these early parolees and their family members who were paroled into the United States at a port of entry between February 24, 2022, and April 25, 2022. DHS expects to take approximately four weeks to review all individuals in this group.
If the parole is extended, DHS will proactively update Form I-94 online with the extension at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) I-94 website. Individuals should download the updated I-94 as evidence of their extended status. In conjunction with this, USCIS will send new Form I-797 notices evidencing the extension of Employment Authorization Document (EAD) for another year to those individuals whose parole period is extended and already have EADs based on their parole. These will be mailed to the individuals’ addresses on file with USCIS. Those who have moved must change their address online through their existing USCIS online accounts. Alternatively, addresses can be changed by submitting a Form AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address Card or by using the USCIS online Change of Address page.
Ukrainian nationals who do not have an EAD may apply for one based on their parole by filing a Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with USCIS. The USCIS’s fee for filing Form I-765 is waived for first-time Ukrainian parolee applicants. In addition:
- Those who believe they are part of this group eligible for a one-year extension of parole but do not find an updated I-94 online by early April 2023 should reach out to TCCPMO@cbp.dhs.gov.
- Those who believe they are part of this group eligible for a one-year extension of parole and hold a valid EAD based on parole but do not receive a new I-797 extending their current EAD by the end of April 2023 should reach out to UkrainianEADExtensions@uscis.dhs.gov.
Jackson Lewis attorneys are available to assist with questions about options for Ukrainians and how to complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verifications, for those with various statuses or extensions.