This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released updated guidance on parole periods and employment authorization for certain Afghan and Ukrainian parolees:
Extension of Parole Period
Effective June 9, 2023 through July 31, 2024, DHS will consider, on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit, a two-year extension of the original parole period for Afghan parolees who have already applied for asylum or for adjustment to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status (such as adjustment of status as a special immigrant). These Afghan parolees who have already applied for asylum or LPR status do not need to apply for re-parole. If approved, USCIS will extend their original employment authorization and send a Form I-797C, Notice of Additional Action, to their last address of record with USCIS. If these Afghan parolees require an updated Employment Authorization Document (EAD) in addition to the Form I-797C, they may file a fee-exempt Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with USCIS under category (c)(11).
Employment Authorization Incident to Parole
Also, effective June 8, 2023, certain additional Afghan and Ukrainian parolees are work authorized incident to parole, including:
- Afghan parolees whose unexpired Form I-94 contains a class of admission of "OAR" or "PAR" and indicates Afghanistan as the country of citizenship on the document. Eligible Afghan parolees paroled into the United States on or after July 31, 2021, who did not receive an “OAR” or “PAR” class of admission on their Forms I-94 should email U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at firstname.lastname@example.org to update their class of admission, if appropriate;
- Ukrainian parolees whose unexpired Form I-94 contains a class of admission of "UHP"; and
- Ukrainian parolees whose unexpired Form I-94 contains a class of admission of "DT" issued between February 24, 2022 and September 30, 2023, and indicates Ukraine as the country of citizenship on the document.
For these parolees, their unexpired Form I-94 is an acceptable receipt they may present to their employer to show their identity and employment authorization for the purposes of Form I-9 employment eligibility verification. This satisfies the Form I-9 requirement for up to 90 days from the date of hire (or in the case of reverification, the date employment authorization expires).