Information on Refugee Resettlement for Ukrainian Citizens
Updated May 12, 2022
On March 24, the Biden administration announced that it would allow 100,000 Ukrainians and others to come to the U.S. through a range of legal pathways, including the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
On April 21, President Biden announced Uniting for Ukraine, a new process to provide Ukrainian citizens who have fled Russia's aggression opportunities to come to the United States. This process provides a pathway for Ukrainians to apply for humanitarian parole for a period of two years. To start the process, a sponsor in the United States (friend, relative, or organization) must file Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, which documents that the applying sponsor(s) has the financial means to support the arriving Ukrainian(s) for up to two years, if necessary. Ukrainians must have been residents in Ukraine as of February 11, 2022; complete public health requirements (including vaccines); submit biometrics; and pass security checks. If the I-134 is approved, sponsors and/or Ukrainian beneficiaries must arrange travel to the United States. After parole is granted, Ukrainians will be permitted to reside in the U.S. for a period of up to two years and will be eligible to apply for employment authorization. More information about Uniting for Ukraine and the application process can be found here.
While the Uniting for Ukraine announcement stated that the U.S. Department of State will expand U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) operations in Europe to provide eligible Ukrainians with greater access to refugee resettlement processing, it did not provide any specific information about eligibility, the application process, or timeframes. Parolees admitted to the U.S. through the Uniting for Ukraine program will not be eligible for refugee status or resettlement services – an act of Congress would be required to authorize this. When more details are announced, we will update this page with more information.
Lautenberg Program Renewed
U.S. Congress has renewed the Lautenberg program that allows members of certain religious minorities in the countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU) and in Iran to apply for refugee status in the United States. More information on the Lautenberg Amendment can be found here.
While the Uniting for Ukraine plan included the administration's intent to prioritize Ukrainian Lautenberg cases, no specific information has been provided on the administration's plan for admitting Ukrainian Lautenberg cases. Information has also not been provided on implications for Lautenberg applicants who decide to come through the parole program, rather than wait for Lautenberg processing. It is possible that people who come through parole will lose their eligibility for refugee status. HIAS is advocating for this not to happen.
Individuals who are already in the refugee resettlement application process through the Resettlement Support Center (RSC) Eurasia/IOM should email the RSC at email@example.com to inquire about case status or provide updated location/contact details.
Поправка Лаутенберга Продлена
Конгресс США продлил Поправку Лаутенберга, согласно которой лица, принадлежащие к некоторым религиозным меньшинствам и проживающие в странах бывшего Советсткого Союза (БСС) и в Иране, могут подать заявление на участие в беженской программе США. Более подробную информацию о поправке Лаутенберга можно найти здесь.
Поправка Лаутенберга Продовжена
Конгрес США продовжив Поправку Лаутенберга, згідно з якою особи, які належать до деяких релігійних меншин і проживають у країнах колишнього Радянського Союзу (КРС) та в Ірані, можуть подати заяву на участь у біженській програмі США. Більше інформації про поправку Лаутенберга можна знайти тут.