Release Date 03/01/2022
At this time we extend our compassion and support to the people of Ukraine, their families and all those affected by the Russian invasion. Our office will be extending availability for consultations, as needed. The following are the most Frequently Asked Question we have been getting about immigration in the US for Ukrainian Nationals.
Has the USCIS created any legislation specifically for Ukraine nationals?Yes, TPS which is Temporary Protected Status for Ukrainians. Individuals eligible for TPS under this designation must have continuously resided in the United States since March 1, 2022. Individuals who attempt to travel to the United States after March 1, 2022 will not be eligible for TPS.
Has the US government created a specific policy for Ukraine refugees?Not yet.
Are there any unique provisions for Ukraine nationals?Yes, the United States signed a treaty with the Ukraine that enabled Ukrainian Nationals to apply for the E2 Treaty Investor visas. An E-2 visa allows a Ukrainian National to open a business in the United States with their investment. The initial E-2 visa for Ukrainians is valid for 3 Months and can be extended for a 2 year period in the United States.
Has Bratter PA worked with Ukraine nationals in the past?Yes, specifically IT Entrepreneurs and Professionals and Athletes
I have dual nationality, is that a benefit?It may be, certain countries allow for admission to the US without a visa, under a program called ESTA. These are such countries: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html
I have a US Citizen/Resident family member, can this help?Yes, If you are a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident with a Ukrainian relative seeking to travel to the United States on an immigrant visa:
- If you have not yet filed a petition but wish to do so, you may contact U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt to inquire regarding possible local filing (this applies only to U.S. citizens filing petitions for their spouses, unmarried children under 21 and parents). Both the petitioner and the applicant must be present in Germany.
- If you have not yet filed a petition, wish to do so, cannot travel to Frankfurt, and wish to file at U.S. Embassy Warsaw, you may email [email protected] to inquire regarding possible local filing. (This applies only to U.S. citizens filing petitions for their spouses, unmarried children under 21 and parents). Both the petitioner and the applicant must be present in Poland.