Murthy Snapshot: Ukrainian Re-Parole

On February 27, 2024, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that eligible Ukrainian nationals paroled into the United States due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia can apply for a two-year humanitarian period of re-parole. While we work to provide our readers with a detailed analysis of this update, below are the key points you need to know:

  • Humanitarian re-parole is available for Ukrainian citizens initially paroled into the U.S. on or after February 11, 2022.
  • A form I-131, application for travel document, should be filed for re-parole before the expiration of the initial parole period.
  • The USCIS recommends filing the I-131 online, instead of by mail, to reduce possible errors and delays with the application.
  • After the re-parole is approved, a parolee can apply for a new employment authorization document (EAD).

Your Takeaway:

The U.S. has a proud tradition of offering humanitarian relief to foreign nationals during emergency situations. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been particularly devastating to Ukrainian nationals, and the re-parole for Ukrainian nationals should offer at least a modicum of relief and protection to those who are unable to return home.


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