The ways to enter the USA for Ukrainian citizens

1. Tourist Visa to the USA

It is possible to apply for a tourist visa for Ukrainian citizens at the US Embassy / Consulate of any country (with the exception of US Embassies / Consulates in countries that currently accept only residents of their countries). Different countries have different waiting times for interviews. Estimated waiting time for a potential city, the US Embassy / Consulate can be checked by following the link: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wait-times.html

For a tour visa, you must complete Form DS-160 (the form can be completed at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/; do not forget to write down your application ID, and save the form after each step).

After filling out the DS-160 form, you must register on the site https://cgifederal.secure.force and pay the consular fee for a tourist visa. On the same website, you can make an appointment for an interview and request an expedited interview if the available date is only after an extended period. The request can, for example, indicate that there are relatives in the United States who are ready to provide financial and emotional support during your temporary stay in the United States due to the war in Ukraine. For Ukrainian citizens, you are not supposed to attach documents to confirm why they need to speed up the interview.

Please remember that tourist visas are non-immigrant visas for temporary stay in the US. Tourist visa doesn’t allowed to work in the USA, and children are not allowed to go to schools because this is considered a violation of tourist status.

2. Humanitarian parole 

Another way is humanitarian parole, which allows US immigration officials to accept immigrants without visas on humanitarian grounds. A humanitarian parole can be requested at the US border with Mexico or Canada.

At the moment, for citizens of Ukraine, to request a humanitarian parole, you only need a passport of Ukraine and contact information of the host in the United States. According to the latest data, the waiting time for requesting a humanitarian parole at the border with Mexico in the city of Tijuana is more than 28 hours.

With Humanitarian Parole, you can apply for a work permit (this is a separate process and a work permit will not be issued automatically after the Humanitarian Parole is approved), and children can attend schools in the United States.

3. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) 

Ukrainians who were in the United States on March 1, 2022 can apply for a Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which will give them the opportunity to legally stay in the United States for a period of 18 months and protect them from deportation. Registration for TPS is not yet open (should be open in the near future when TPS for Ukraine is entered into the Federal Register). TPS makes it possible to apply for a work permit.

4. Family reunion

For citizens of Ukraine, it is currently possible to speed up some types of petitions for reunification with relatives in the United States. You can request an expedited petition by calling USCIS – 1 (800) 375-5283 or online at the USCIS website through “Ask Emma”. If the expedited request is approved, USCIS promises to review petitions within 45 days.

Please remember that even if your I-130 Family Petition is approved, you can only expedite the consular process for family categories that do not have pending status. If you are a US citizen, then you can speed up the consular process for reunification with parents, spouses and children under 21 who are not married. If you are a green card holder, then

Reunification with spouses and unmarried children under 21 can be expedited (at the moment it is possible, but please consult with a lawyer before applying).

The longer wait  for the consular process to reunite children over 21, married children and siblings after the approval of the 130 Petition is still in effect.

5. Fiancé/Fiance Visa

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If you have a Fiancé or Fiancé petition filed but not yet approved, you may request an expedited review of your petition with USCIS. Once approved, you can apply to the consulate for the K-1 visa itself. In Frankfurt, Germany, such requests are dealt with in an expedited manner.

*This article is for informational purposes and each case is individual and has its own nuances. Please consult with an attorney before submitting documents.

Source: Certified lawyers in the USA