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Relief measures for Ukrainian nationals currently in Texas

San Antonio, TX – The Ukrainian Society of San Antonio is currently raising money for medical items and other humanitarian supplies to be delivered to the war-ravaged Eastern European country. The organization is led by art teacher Liliya Colston, an Ukrainian immigrant who moved to Texas 20 years ago. Her elderly mother and other relatives are still in Ukraine, so she’s doing everything possible to help them in these tragic times. Like Colston, many other immigrants with Ukrainian origins are worried about the fate of their relatives and friends back in the old country. There are over 15,000 Ukrainian immigrants living in Texas. That’s not counting the Ukrainian citizens currently in the US on various types of visas. Since going back home is not an option at present, last month, the Department of Homeland Security granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Ukraine, which means that Ukrainian nationals can remain in the US for another 18 months without having to worry they will be deported. All those in an uncertain situation should contact an experienced immigration lawyer in San Antonio to get their papers in order. TPS is not automatic. To be protected against deportation, Ukrainian citizens in the US will have to apply for protected status. Applications will be processed by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you live in San Antonio, note that there are two USCIS offices in the city

Relief available for Ukrainian nationals in special situations

As Ukrainian citizens currently in the US cannot possibly be sent back home at present, the USCIS has come forward with a list of measures to help those in “special situations” remain in the country legally. For the time being, USCIS is also prioritizing the processing of certain applications and petitions filed by Ukrainian nationals

Help is available on a case-by-case basis, so it is advisable to talk to a San Antonio lawyer to see how you can benefit from these special measures:

  • Changing a nonimmigrant status or extending a nonimmigrant stay for an individual currently in the US. Any delays in applying for the extension or change of status may be excused due to “extraordinary circumstances”.
  • Reparole of individuals previously granted parole by USCIS. Individuals may request parole for themselves or on behalf of another individual who is outside the US based on urgent humanitarian reasons. Parole allows an individual to temporarily enter the US and apply for employment authorization. It does not confer immigration status, though, and it’s not a path to lawful immigration status.
  • Expedited processing of advance parole requests.
  • Expedited adjudication of requests for off-campus employment authorization for students on an F-1 visa who are currently experiencing severe financial difficulties.
  • Consideration of fee waiver requests due to an inability to pay.
  • Flexibility for those who received a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny but were unable to submit evidence or otherwise respond in a timely manner
  • Flexibility if you were unable to appear for a scheduled interview with USCIS;
  • Expedited replacement of lost or damaged immigration or travel documents issued by USCIS, such as a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), Employment Authorization Document, or Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record.

If you’re an Ukrainian national living in San Antonio or you want to help a family member reach Texas, seek legal advice from a local lawyer with many years of expertise in this field at the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen

Contact info: Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen

San Antonio, TX

206 East Locust Street

San Antonio, TX 78212

Phone: (210) 769-3273

Source: USCIS Temporary Protected Status

USCIS – Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Special Situations, Including the Invasion of Ukraine

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