New Development in processing Humanitarian Parole for Ukrainian Citizens
Uniting for Ukraine is a streamlined process announced today! Ukrainians should not travel to Mexico to pursue entry into the United States after April 25, 2022
Following the launch of Uniting for Ukraine, Ukrainians should not travel to Mexico to pursue entry into the United States. Ukrainians who present at land U.S. ports of entry without pre-authorization to travel to the United States through Uniting for Ukraine will be denied entry and referred to apply through this program.
To be eligible to apply, Ukrainians must have been residents in Ukraine as of February 11, 2022, have a sponsor in the United States, complete vaccinations, and other public health requirements, and pass rigorous biometric and biographic screening and vetting security checks. Ukrainians approved via this process will be authorized to travel to the United States and be considered for parole, on a case-by-case basis, for a period of up to two years. Once paroled through this
process, Ukrainians will be eligible for work authorization.
Beginning on April 25, 2022, U.S.-based individuals and entities can apply to DHS to sponsor Ukrainian citizens for Uniting for Ukraine program, which will go live that day on the DHS website. Any U.S. citizen or individual, including representatives of non-government organizations, can sponsor Ukrainian applicants. Individuals and organizations seeking to sponsor Ukrainian citizens in the United States will be required to declare their financial support and pass security background checks to protect against exploitation and abuse. The Department of Homeland Security will administer the program.
The United States strongly encourages Ukrainians seeking refuge in the United States who do not have and are not eligible for a visa to seek entry via Uniting for Ukraine from Europe, this will be the safest and most efficient way to pursue temporary refuge in the United States. The U.S. government is working with European partners to ensure Ukrainians can meet the vaccination requirements of Uniting for Ukraine.