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Changes to Visa Reciprocity for Ukraine, Asylum Considerations

As reported in a recent Department of State Cable, the Visa Reciprocity Schedule for Ukraine has been revised. Quoting Secretary Kerry: “Effective immediately, the reciprocity schedule for Ukraine is revised to increase the validity of the B nonimmigrant visa (NIV) categories from the current 60 months, multiple entries, to 120 months, multiple entries. All other visa validities for nationals of Ukraine will remain unchanged.”

Clients have been contacting our Law Firm with respect to Asylum eligibility due to the ongoing troubles, and we remind them that Asylum requires a showing of a well-founded fear of persecution 8 C.F.R. § 1208.13(b). The well-founded fear must be on account of the applicant’s race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. The fear must be both subjectively genuine, and objectively reasonable.

Applicants considering pursuing Asylum must have the specific details of their past carefully evaluated by an attorney with knowledge of current country conditions in Ukraine in order to understand the merits of their particular case. An individual considering applying should also be aware of the current USCIS Asylum backlog in planning whether to pursue their case.

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