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Ukrainian refugees can work in the US without a work permit: details

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Ukrainian refugees can work in the US without a work permit: details

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Refugees who have found refuge in the US since the start of the full-scale war are now automatically eligible for work. The relevant rule entered into force on November 21. This is reported by rubic.us.


It is noted that this rule is currently valid for 90 days and applies only to certain categories of refugees.


For example, with the beginning of the war, some Ukrainians began to arrive in the United States through the border with Mexico, receiving a humanitarian password. Later, Congress adopted changes to the legislation, according to which Ukrainians with a humanitarian password were equated with refugees, with the right to the same benefits.


What rules were established for ordinary refugees in the United States?


Regular refugees can work from the first day they arrive in the US. As a work permit, they have the i-94 form that they received at the border. Form i-765 is submitted to obtain a physical work permit.


Pay attention! Citizens from Ukraine not only have to pay customs duty, but also have to wait several months for their work permit to arrive. And during this time they cannot work.


So, what has changed for Ukrainians in the US since November 21?


From now on, Ukrainian refugees will be able to:


• work within the first 90 days after arriving in the US without a work permit;

• do not pay the fee ($410) for the first filing of the i-765 form for obtaining a work permit.


In other words, it is now possible to get a job immediately upon arrival, just by showing the i-94 form received at the border. If you only got a stamp, you can get the form on the official website.


Pay attention! After 90 days of work on the i-94 form, Ukrainians need a real work permit. To get it, you need to submit form i-765. For the first submission of such a form, now Ukrainians do not pay customs duty.


Documents must be sent by mail until December 5 for exemption from customs duty. This feature will then be available online.


What categories of refugees are affected by the change in the US?


The innovation concerns the following categories of refugees from Ukraine:


• those who arrived after April 11 and received a humanitarian password for a year;

• those who came under the Uniting for Ukraine program.


The new rule does not apply to those Ukrainians who arrived before April 11 and applied for TPS. However, if a Ukrainian has just applied for TPS and has not yet received it, he is also subject to the new law.