Updated: Jun 20
Supporters of Uniting for Ukraine,
This message explains how you can request an extension of a travel authorization that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued to a beneficiary you agreed to support. Travel authorizations are valid for 90 days. However, if a beneficiary of Uniting for Ukraine cannot travel to the United States within the 90-day time frame for reasons beyond their control, supporters may submit a one-time request for a travel authorization extension on behalf of a beneficiary they agreed to support. If the extension is approved, the beneficiary will have an additional 90 days to arrange travel to the United States.
To be eligible for an extension, you must submit an extension request no more than 30 days before the original approved travel authorization period expires and no more than 30 days after the original approved travel authorization period expires. Please note that only supporters who submitted a Form I-134 on behalf of a beneficiary of Uniting for Ukraine can request a travel authorization extension on behalf of the beneficiary. You must submit a separate extension request for each beneficiary.
To submit your request:
Log in to your online account.
From the top of the webpage, select the My Account drop-down menu and select Inbox.
Click on the New Message button.
For the subject, select A case already filed online from the drop-down menu, and for your case receipt number, select your receipt number for Form I-134 (Declaration of Financial Support).
In the message field, state your continued interest in supporting your named beneficiary who has not yet traveled to the United States and that you are requesting an extension of the beneficiary’s travel authorization, then click Send.
USCIS will review your request for travel authorization extension and submit it along with the beneficiary’s information to CBP to conduct additional vetting. If CBP approves your request, the beneficiary will receive an email notification when the extended travel authorization notice has been posted to their account. Please note that for privacy reasons, only the beneficiary will be able to view their extended travel authorization notice in their online account. The beneficiary should notify you when they receive their extended travel authorization notice.
If the beneficiary's travel authorization expired more than 30 days before you requested the extension, or if the beneficiary cannot travel to the United States during the 90-day extension, you must submit a new Form I-134 on their behalf to obtain a new travel authorization.
The Uniting for Ukraine process provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily in a two-year period of parole. Individuals participating in Uniting for Ukraine must have a supporter in the United States who agrees to provide them with financial support for the duration of their temporary stay in the United States.
Contact Darren Heyman, immigration attorney, for more information.