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Ukrainians who came to the US on U4U no longer have to wait for work permits: they are now issued along with parole

21 November U.S. Department of State announced that Afghan refugees who received a parole and Ukrainians who came to America under the United for Ukraine (U4U) program would automatically receive the right to work and a social security number. They won't have to wait months for their Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as they do now.

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After the US Congress passed amendments to make it easier for immigrants to work in America, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) decided that individuals who arrived in the US on a parole can start working immediately without waiting for a work permit (EAD).

This means they don't have to wait for USCIS to approve them. I-765 form (Application for a work permit) before they can work in the United States.

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You will still have to apply for a work permit

As explained by the immigration lawyer Alena Shevtsova YouTube channel "Bureau", this automatic right to work will be valid for 90 days from the moment when a Ukrainian or Afghan with a parole gets a job in the USA. That is, he still needs to file Form I-765, but he can start working without waiting for its approval. At the same time, the foreigner can only hope that within 90 days the Immigration Service will have time to approve his I-765 form, and he will be able to continue working.

Ukrainians and Afghans do not need to pay the I-765 filing fee, which is $410. Already now, you can submit a paper version of the form for free, from December 5, online submission will also become free.

IMPORTANT! The 90-day period when you can work without a permit does not start on the date you arrived in the US, but on your first day of work.

What to show the employer so that he understands that you can work in the US without a permit (EAD)

In order to get a job, it will be enough for you to show your card with form I-94, which you were given at the border (the status of DT, UHP or OAR should be indicated there). You can print it yourself from the electronic version on website of the Border Service. This form shows the expiration dates for your password. The main thing is that the timing of your arrival in the United States fit within the framework February 24, 2022 to September 30, 2023. Even if your work permit has expired, you can exercise your right to work absolutely legally within 90 days.

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