USCIS Details How to Apply for "Uniting for Ukraine" ("U for U") New Special Temporary Immigration Benefits for up to 100,000 Ukrainians and Others Fleeing Russian Attacks (People Approved May Obtain Temporary Humanitarian Parole into the U.S. with Employment Authorization for Two Years)
On May 6, 2022, the Biden Administration and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued instructions for the step-by-step process to be used to seek parole into the U.S. under the "Uniting for Ukraine" ("U for U") program announced on April 21, 2022.
Each person seeking entry to the U.S. under the "U for U" program must have an eligible supporter to sponsor them. The first step in the process is for the supporter to prepare and submit a Form I-134 Affidavit of Support with USCIS. USCIS will then evaluate the financial sufficiency of the sponsors' Affidavit of Support. No fee is required at this time.
USCIS will Extend Validity of Temporary Work Permits for 18 Months for More than 200,000 Legal Workers Caught in Government-Caused Backlogs
Effective May 4, 2022, USCIS will extend hundreds of thousands of expiring temporary work permits caught in a backlog of more than 700,000 unadjudicated pending applications for extensions of legal work authorization for an additional 18 months. In recent years, millions of timely filed applications to the USCIS for various benefits, including temporary work permission, have been subject to long processing delays and growing backlogs.
U.S. Senate Restarts Talks on Possible Bipartisan Immigration Law Changes, but Prospects for Agreement on New Legalization before the End of the Current Congress in January 2023 Are Uncertain
In April and May 2022, several Republican and Democratic Senators tried yet again to gather 60 votes in favor of some bipartisan immigration law changes. The leading bill involves a modernization of the H-2 temporary work visa category which has proven inadequate to help desperate employers who are struggling with severe shortages of U.S. workers, especially farmers and leisure and hospitality industry employers.