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Key Points

  • A new humanitarian parole program called “Uniting for Ukraine” has been launched
  • The program allows Ukrainian citizens to enter the US to live and work for two years
  • Ukrainians must meet specific criteria to be eligible for the program, including health mandates, and they must pass security checks and screening
  • Ukrainians will be considered on a case-by-case basis for the program
  • “Uniting for Ukraine” is designed for individuals who cannot otherwise enter the US with a visa


On April 25, 2022, President Biden launched a new humanitarian parole program for Ukrainians fleeing their country due to ongoing armed conflict.

This new humanitarian parole program allows Ukrainian citizens to enter the US for up to two years. They must be sponsored by a US citizen or a US entity, and they must have been displaced due to armed conflict in Ukraine. Ukrainians must have been a resident of Ukraine on February 11, 2022. Aside from meeting the criteria above, they must meet all health requirements to enter the US, including completing all COVID-19 vaccinations. Ukrainians may also be subject to security checks and screening before they are allowed to enter the US.

Ukrainians will be considered on a case-by-case basis for this parole. If they are granted parole, they are eligible for work authorization and can remain in the US for two years.

Looking Ahead

The “Uniting for Ukraine” program assists Ukrainians seeking refuge in the US and who do not have, or are not eligible to obtain, a visa to enter the US. More information on the program is available through the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.

Written by: Lucy Halse, Content Marketing Associate, Envoy Global
Edited by: Dmitri Pikman, Supervising Attorney, Corporate Immigration Partners
Source: The US White House

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