The Department of Homeland Security will begin a new process to provide Ukrainian citizens who have fled the country since the war began will start Monday.

Rather than going through the southern border and applying for asylum, Ukrainians will apply to be paroled through a new online process called, ‘Uniting for Ukraine.’

Humanitarian parole would allow people who would not normally be allowed into the U.S. to temporarily live in the country, according to U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.

The U.S. Administration plans to allow 100,000 Ukrainians in total, and there are requirements to qualify:

  • Applicants must be Ukrainian residents since February 11
  • They must have a sponsor in the U.S.
  • Be vaccinated and meet other public health requirements
  • Pass what “rigorous biometric and biographic screening and vetting security checks”

If accepted, Ukrainians will be able to travel around the U.S. and be considered for humanitarian parole for up to two years depending on the case, according to DHS. If paroled, they will be eligible to work in the U.S.

Any U.S. citizen can apply to be a sponsor. Applicants will have to declare financial support and pass security background checks.

Are you or a loved one eligible for this new online application program? Contact us today for a consuiltation.

 

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