Allen C. Ladd, Attorney
United States Immigration Law
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U.S. Immigration Options for Ukrainian Nationals
If You Are in the USA . . .
Temporary Protected Status: You may apply until October 19, 2023. TPS is temporary protection from deportation. Work permit and Social Security number.
Asylum: You must prove you are afraid of persecution and loss of your human rights, in Ukraine. Work permit and Social Security number. Apply for permanent residence one year after approval.
E-2 investor/entrepreneur visa: You may apply for an "upgrade" from your B-2 visitor visa status, or apply through a US consulate/embassy overseas. Work permit and Social Security number for investor and spouse.
Permanent residence: You may apply if you have: close (US) family ties or marriage; career achievement + US national benefit of your services ("NIW" petition). Work permit and Social Security number for you and family.
If in removal (deportation) proceedings (Immigration Court): May apply for Asylum, may have other possible remedies. You MUST attend all hearings!
T visa, for victims of human trafficking, and U visa, for victims of violent crime: Work permit and Social Security number. May later apply for permanent residence.
If You Are Not in the USA . . .
“Uniting for Ukraine” program (April 25, 2022): US-based sponsors for Ukrainians to come to the USA on humanitarian travel permits. Work permit and Social Security number.
Visitor visa: Must apply at a US consulate/embassy overseas.
E-2 investor/entrepreneur visa: Must apply at a US consulate/embassy overseas or in Canada or Mexico. Work permit and Social Security number for investor and spouse.
Refugee resettlement: Protection from persecution and loss of human rights.
Permanent residence: Based on a job offer ("PERM" labor petition), or marriage, or fiancé/fiancée engagement, or past achievements + US national benefit of your services ("NIW" petition).
Department of State information:
Multinational executives and managers
Partners in US businesses
Work permits for spouses
Appeals and review of
Permanent residence for spouses of
Includes same-sex marriages
Other family members
Renewal of green cards
Citizenship for family members
Appeals and review of USCIS decisions
Permanent residence through:
Future benefit to the US "national interest"
Top consulting work
Achievement in art, athletics, business, or science
Work permits for applicants and family members
Appeals and review of USCIS decisions
Protection from persecution in the home country, on account of:
Work permits for asylum applicants and family members
Appeals and review of
Summary: Available only if noncitizen spouse entered the USA legally. US citizen and noncitizen spouse residing together in the United States submit a "3-layer" application package to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Advantage: Much shorter processing times than "3-act" immigrant visa process. Remain in USA at all times.
Also: Noncitizen may receive work permission (and Social Security Number) while waiting for interview to be scheduled.
The 3 layers:
US citizen's Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) and supporting evidence.
Noncitizen's Application to Adjust Status (Form I-485), work/travel permit applications, and supporting evidence.
US citizen sponsor's Form I-864 affidavit of financial support and supporting evidence.
Final decision by: USCIS local office near place of residence.
Not available if: Noncitizen entered US without being inspected at US checkpoint or other port of entry.
Waivers: Certain (but not all) grounds of disqualification may be overcome, through a "waiver" process (Form I-601). Proof of exceptional hardship to US citizen spouse, with extensive supporting evidence.
Waivers possible if disqualified due to immigration fraud, simple possession marijuana/hashish, convictions for certain offenses, medical issues.
Getting a Green Card:
"3-Act Play" ?
Summary: For cases of noncitizen spouse who entered the USA unlawfully and has been unlawfully present in the USA. A 3-step process requiring approvals by USCIS, the National Visa Center and a US embassy or consulate overseas.
Advantage: Through Provisional Waiver (Form I-601A), noncitizen spouse's unlawful entry and presence may be excused.
The 3 stages:
US citizen's Form I-130 and supporting evidence, then USCIS approval.
Noncitizen's immigrant visa application and supporting evidence including Form I-864 financial support, then review and referral by National Visa Center to US consulate or embassy overseas.
If applicable, Form I-601A approval before noncitizen spouse departs USA.
Interview with US consular officer overseas.
Final decision by: US consular officer at US consulate or embassy overseas.
Not available if: Noncitizen made more than one unlawful entry(ies) into the USA (with limited exceptions).
Waivers: If noncitizen spouse made a single unlawful entry, may be eligible for a "provisional waiver" (Form I-601A). It is processed before noncitizen spouse departs the USA. If other grounds of disqualification, Form I-601A is obsolete and noncitizen spouse must make waiver application (Form I-601) after attending visa interview.
My husband and I highly recommend Mr. Ladd and his staff to anyone that is needing any Immigration services. He treated us with respect and truth. His staff was so helpful, kind and understanding, and kept us informed of every document we needed at every step of my husband's case.
The first consultation with Mr. Ladd and his paralegal put us at ease and gave us the confidence we needed to continue with our case. The process was long, but well worth it! His paralegal helped us all along the way. She is excellent! Extremely thorough and very knowledgeable.
Allen has handled several immigration related issues from me and my family (green card/work visa). He has always been very professional and his extensive experience in immigration matters have helped me get approvals in all my immigration cases. Allen cares about each case and as a full time immigration attorney he is very through and provides a personal touch. I would recommend Allen for all immigration cases!
I am very thankful that I found such a great lawyer. Mr. Ladd has been amazing. He took my immigration case on and it has been a very complicated very tense situation with [the] court. He is very knowledgeable in all aspects of immigration and when he needed help with different aspects of my case, he reached out to different attorneys to get their help. He guided me through every step and was really there for me through the entire process. He is honest and forthright and has never misled me. He listened and was very comforting and understanding of my unique situation. He truly cares about his clients and wants the best for them. He is an excellent lawyer. I would most definitely hire him if I have future immigration issues and I most strongly recommend him to any future clients.
When I met with Mr. Ladd regarding my wife's immigration case he clearly explained the process to me and what steps would be involved. Everything occurred exactly [as] he outlined and the timeline only lagged his original estimates by a few months (due to delays in government agencies processing documents). He does an excellent job of managing expectations, delivering as promised, and ensuring the process goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible.