Biden administration sharply expands temporary status for Ukrainians already in US

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday introduced a serious growth of short-term authorized standing for Ukrainians already residing in the USA, granting a reprieve for individuals who fled Russia’s invasion.

The transfer is predicted to make 166,700 Ukrainians eligible for Momentary Protected Standing, up from about 26,000 at present, the Homeland Safety Division mentioned. To qualify, Ukrainians will need to have been in the USA by Aug. 16, two days earlier than the announcement. They’re eligible for work authorization.

The short-term standing was initially scheduled to run out on Oct. 19, 2023 however is being prolonged 18 months to April 19, 2025.

“Russia’s ongoing army invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing humanitarian disaster requires that the USA proceed to supply security and safety to Ukrainians who could not be capable to return to their nation,” mentioned Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The growth comes because the administration extends Momentary Protected Standing to individuals from a rising variety of nations, together with Cameroon, Haiti and Venezuela, as a part of a carrot-and-stick strategy to immigration that mixes extra authorized entries on humanitarian grounds with extra punitive measures in opposition to anybody who enters the nation illegally.

A 1990 regulation permits the Homeland Safety secretary to grant standing in increments of as much as 18 months to individuals already in the USA whose nations are struck by civil strife or pure catastrophe and are thought of unsafe for return.

Ukrainians first bought Momentary Protected Standing instantly after Russia’s invasion. The administration added humanitarian parole for these not in the USA, a transfer that it thought of so profitable that it later did the identical for individuals from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Friday’s announcement offers extra time to Ukrainians whose two-year parole was because of expire early subsequent yr.

Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans face extra uncertainty.

Texas and different Republican-led states are difficult parole for as much as 30,000 individuals a month from these 4 nations however will not be contesting standing for Ukrainians. A trial is scheduled subsequent week in Victoria, Texas.

Ukrainian immigrants are dispersed broadly throughout the USA, with the biggest concentrations within the New York, Chicago, Seattle and Sacramento, California, metropolitan areas.

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