As of April 21, 2022, the United States has announced a new step in welcoming Ukrainians fleeing Russia's invasion. Uniting for Ukraine provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside of the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily in a 2-year period of parole. Ukrainians participating in Uniting for Ukraine must have a supporter in the United States who will support them financially throughout their stay.
The first step in the Uniting Ukraine process is for the U.S- based supporter to file a 1-134A, Online Request to be a Supporter and Declaration of Financial Support, with USCIS. The U.S. government will then assess the supporter to ensure that they are able to financially support the individual whom they have agreed to support.
Who May be Considered for Parole under Uniting Ukraine:
-In order to be considered for parole under Uniting Ukraine, the beneficiary must have a supporter who files a Form I-134 on their behalf.
Beneficiaries are eligible for the process if they:
- Resided in Ukraine immediately before the Russian invasion (through Feb. 11, 2022) and were displaced as a result of the invasion;
- Are a Ukrainian citizen and possess a valid Ukrainian passport (or are a child included on parent's passport);
- If not a Ukrainian citizen, they must be an immediate family member of a Ukrainian citizen beneficiary of Uniting with a valid passport
- Have a supporter who filed a Form I-134A on their behalf that USCIS has vetted and confirmed as sufficient; and
- Clear biographic and biometric security checks;
-In order to be eligible for this process, children under the age of 18 must be traveling to the United States in the care and custody of their parent or legal guardian.
If you are paroled into the US for a period of two years under the United for Ukraine program, you can also be sponsored through a job in order to obtain your lawful permanent residence. You must be qualified for the job you are being offered and the employer must be able to afford to pay you the prevailing wage for the position.