ILJ-MI’s Traverse City Office Welcomes Ukrainian Immigrants Eligible for ‘Re-Parole’

tc staff 9 2023

The Immigration Law & Justice Michigan office in Traverse City has aided 150 Ukrainian clients since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 11, 2022, preparing various applications and advising clients about their legal options.  

On February 27, 2024, the Biden administration announced that Ukrainians who have been paroled into the United States since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 11, 2022, are now eligible to apply for “re-parole.” If successful, re-parole applicants will be authorized to remain in the United States for an additional two years and will be eligible to apply for employment authorization. 

This announcement is particularly good news to the more than 200,000 Ukrainians who have arrived in the United States since the war in Ukraine began. Most of these arrivals happened under the Uniting for Ukraine (U4U) program, which was created in April 2022 and through which Ukrainians nationals and their immediate relatives can receive humanitarian parole into the United States. Once in the U.S., U4U recipients are authorized to live and can apply to work here for a period of two years.  

The U4U program (which is still ongoing) has been remarkably successful in allowing U.S.-based sponsors to bring Ukrainian relatives and friends to safety here in the United States. The problem, however, is that U4U provides only a temporary, two-year status. And up until last month, it was unclear whether U4U recipients would be able to extend their stay in the United States or return to their war-torn country. Fortunately, an extended stay is now an option for U4U recipients. 

Since the re-parole announcement, many former clients have contacted our Traverse City office to request our assistance with that process. We expect that most of our Ukrainian clients helped over the past two years will need our assistance again, first to apply for re-parole, and subsequently to apply for new employment authorization documents. Additionally, many Ukrainians are eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and have already done so through ILJ-MI. As a result of all this, 2024 is shaping up to be a busy year for ILJ-MI staff.  

It is important to note that these immigration benefits are only temporary, and do not provide a path toward permanent status in the United States. Unless and until such a path is created by Congress, most Ukrainians who have arrived here since the war began will continue to face uncertainty about their future in the United States. 

ILJ-MI legal staff encourages Ukranian immigrants and asylum seekers in need of help to reach out to our Central Intake Coordinator to determine if they are eligible for assistance. They can be reached via the central intake phone line below, your call is confidential, and your information will never be shared without your permission. Our Central Intake Coordinator will conduct a financial eligibility screening with you, collect basic information and explain what happens next.   

(616) 320-2734 

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