Uniting for Ukraine parole program

Uniting for Ukraine is a special parole program for Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion. Parole allows people in urgent need to come to the U.S. temporarily without a visa. Find information on parole, sponsors, eligibility, and how to apply.

Mise à jour mars 14, 2023

What is Uniting for Ukraine

The Uniting for Ukraine program could allow you to come to the USA for up to 2 years. You will also be eligible to work in the U.S. during that time. A Ukrainian in this program is called a beneficiary

To apply for the program, you must have someone in the U.S. who is able to support you during your stay. This person is called a supporter or a sponsor. 

Uniting for Ukraine is not for Ukrainians already in the USA. If you are in the USA, temporary protected status may be a good option for you. 

Who can be a beneficiary

You must meet the following requirements:

  • Ukrainian citizen with a valid Ukrainian passport (or an immediate family member of a Ukrainian citizen)
  • Lived in Ukraine right before invasion (through February 11, 2022)
  • Had to leave home due to the invasion
  • Currently are outside of the USA
  • Have a sponsor in the USA
  • Pass background and security screening
  • Vaccinations and medical requirements

Immediate family members in the process include a spouse, common-law partner, and children under 21.

Children under 18 must travel with a parent or legal guardian under this program. If a child is coming to join a parent already in the U.S. they can apply through the regular humanitarian parole program.

Who can be a supporter

A supporter or sponsor is someone who is willing to apply for you to be in this program. They must prove they can provide you with financial and other help for 2 years. They must have legal status and live in the USA. 

A supporter can be a:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Lawful permanent resident (green card)
  • Nonimmigrant in lawful status
  • Asylee, refugee, or parolee
  • TPS holder
  • DED recipient
  • DACA recipient

A supporter must:

  • Prove to have financial resources to support you for your entire time in U.S.
  • Pass security and background checks

Examples of types of help a supporter should be available to offer:

  • Provide transportation from the airport
  • Provide safe housing while in U.S.
  • Help complete needed documents
  • Ensure health and medical needs met
  • Help with finding a job, school enrollment, learning English, and other needs

A supporter can also apply with others or on behalf of an organization or business that will also provide support. If they are applying on behalf of a business or other entity, they should include a letter of commitment.

How can I find a sponsor?

Welcome Connect can help you find a sponsor. It provides a secure, accessible way for potential sponsors and Ukrainians seeking refuge to connect, start a conversation, and mutually agree on sponsorship

On the 15th of each month, the platform will register people looking for sponsorship. Sign-up will open at 14:00 Eastern European Standard Time. Due to high interest, registration for Ukrainians will close after reaching 500 people and open again on the 15th of next month.

How can I become a supporter?

Learn more about becoming a sponsor with our partner Welcome.US.

How to apply

The beneficiary can not start the application process. Your supporter is the one who must first apply. The supporter must file Form I-134A. The supporter or sponsor must file a separate form for each beneficiary, including children. There is no fee for the application.

Process if your supporter is approved

USCIS could determine that Form I-134A is sufficient or request more information to approve your supporter. After your supporter is approved, you will receive an email with step-by-step instructions to:

Submit biographic (personal) information:

Get Advance Travel Authorization to the United States:

  • If approved, you will have the authorization to travel to the U.S. for the next 90 days.
  • You or your supporter must buy your plane ticket and arrange travel.
If you submitted Form I-134 before January 6, 2023, you do not need to fill out the updated Form I-134A.

What is next once I get parole

If you are paroled in the United States, you will need to do the following after arriving:

  • Report physical address after 30 days
  • Get a medical screening within 90 days
  • Apply for a work permit with Form I-765
  • Apply for a social security card with Form I-765 or with SSA

Under Uniting for Ukraine, you do not need Form I-765 approved to start working in the USA. You can use your Form I-94 while you wait for approval or your social security card. You also do not have to pay a fee for the form.

If you change locations in the USA, You must report all changes of address within 10 days of moving.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may decide to terminate your parole under certain circumstances, such as if you violate any U.S. laws. 

For questions or to get your application status you can send a secure message from your USCIS account or call 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833) from within the U.S. or 212-620-3418 from outside the U.S. See USCIS Frequently Asked Questions.
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