March 2022

On March 2, 2022, the U.S. Department of State added Ukraine to the Homeless Nationalities list. The Department of State defines a homeless visa applicant as someone who is “a national of a country in which the United States has no consular representation or in which the political or security situation is tenuous or uncertain enough that the limited consular staff is not authorized to process [immigrant visa] applications.”

With all consular services in Ukraine suspended, the Department of State made an announcement on March 1, 2022, that Frankfurt and Warsaw would serve as processing points for immigrant visa applications for Ukrainian nationals, with Frankfurt being the primary post. Once the National Visa Center completes its review of an immigrant visa application, it will assign the application to one of the designated posts.

On March 3, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Ukrainian citizens who are temporarily present in the United States are permitted to remain in the United States and may apply for work authorization for the duration of their TPS designation. (Employers may want to consult the Federal Register for details on how to comply with employment verification requirements).

April 2022

On April 19, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted two Federal Register notices on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine and Sudan. The registration process for both countries began on April 19, 2022. All individuals who want to request TPS under the designation of Ukraine or Sudan must file an application.

To be eligible under the Ukraine designation, individuals must demonstrate their continuous residence in the United States since April 11, 2022, and continuous physical presence in the United States since the designation date in the Federal Register notice.

Individuals applying for TPS under the Ukraine designation must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, during the 18-month initial registration period that runs from April 19, 2022, through Oct. 19, 2023. Ukraine TPS applicants are eligible to file Form I-821 online.

When filing a TPS application, applicants can also request an Employment Authorization Document by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with their Form I-821. Applicants may also submit Form I-765 online.

If you are a Ukrainian national in the United States who would like help completing an application for Temporary Protected Status, we encourage you to reach out to the Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG) Pro Bono Project which has been set up to provide legal assistance.

On April 21, 2022, the United States announced a key step toward fulfilling President Biden’s commitment to welcome Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion. Uniting for Ukraine provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily in a two-year period of parole. Ukrainians participating in Uniting for Ukraine must have a supporter in the United States who agrees to provide them with financial support for the duration of their stay in the United States.

Uniting for Ukraine is a streamlined process for Ukrainian citizens who have been displaced by Russia’s aggression to apply for humanitarian parole in the United States. To be eligible, 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.

We’ve already welcomed tens of thousands of Ukrainians to the United States. And today, I’m announcing a program, 'Unite for Ukraine' — a new program to enable Ukrainians seeking refuge to come directly from Europe to the United States.

President Joseph R. Biden

The first step in the Uniting for Ukraine process is for the U.S.-based supporter to file a Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, with USCIS. The U.S. government will then vet the supporter to ensure that they are able to financially support the individual whom they agree to support.

May 2022

On May 21, 2022, Congress passed the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 (Public Law 117-128).  Section 401 of this legislation provides that Ukrainian humanitarian parolees[1]are now eligible to receive federal benefits, including TANF, from the date of enactment. Specifically, the following individuals are eligible to apply for TANF until the end of their parole term as determined by the Department of Homeland Security, and in the same way a refugee is eligible to apply for TANF[2]:

  • Citizens or nationals of Ukraine (or persons who last habitually resided in Ukraine) paroled into the U.S. between February 24, 2022 and September 30, 2023;
  • their spouses or children[3] paroled after September 30, 2023; and
  • their parents, legal guardians, or primary caregivers paroled after September 30, 2023, if the Ukrainian citizen or national is an unaccompanied child[4].

More Resources

Welcome.US is a national initiative built to mobilize, and empower Americans from all corners of the country to welcome and support those seeking refuge here.

Visit Ukraine.Welcome.US to learn more, and make sure to sign up to get relevant updates as this information is further updated.

Ukrainian humanitarian parolees who arrive under Uniting Ukraine or who were granted humanitarian parole after February 24, 2022, by the Department of Homeland Security are eligible for a broad range of government services. Each family or individual may have different needs and different eligibility for federal and state programs, and programs will vary by state. For more information email connect-support@welcome.us

Learn about the benefits and services the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) can provide to Ukrainian humanitarian parolees. You may be eligible for federal “mainstream” (non-ORR funded) benefits, such as cash assistance through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), health insurance through Medicaid, and food assistance through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You may also be eligible for cash assistance, medical assistance, employment preparation, job placement, English language training, and other services.

The Sponsor Circle Program is a community-led resettlement initiative that supports everyday Americans in taking on the responsibility of welcoming Afghan and Ukrainian newcomers to their communities.

The Refugee Processing Center (RPC) is operated by the U.S Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The RPC mission is to provide the necessary technical, data and refugee processing support to assist DOS/PRM in achieving its annual U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) objectives.

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) was established ``To protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and support their transition to a dignified life.`` USCRI, working with our partners, provide critical services to refugees and immigrants to help them become self-reliant and contributing members of their communities.

Any Ukrainian humanitarian parolee in the United States can access the Uniting for Ukraine Support Line by calling (407) 591-3963, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm EST. Through the Support Line, Ukrainian humanitarian parolees will receive assistance accessing resources and applicable resettlement benefits, including employment assistance and medical benefits.

New York State is proudly home to the largest Ukrainian population in the United States, and we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine in the face of Russia's unjustified and unprovoked attack. This web page lists resources offered by New York State and our partners to help the Ukrainian people and their friends and allies here in New York.

In response to Ukrainians and others fleeing from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs launched New York City’s Ukrainian Response Initiative. Through this $2 million initiative, the City is partnering with community organizations to help currently residing and newly arrived Ukrainian New Yorkers access immigration legal assistance, translation services, social services, and other resources.

The Illinois Refugee Program facilitates relocation and social service assistance to people who are victims of political and religious persecution that have been granted the legal right to rebuild their lives in the United States. The Refugee Program procures community-based services which include adjustment counseling, orientation, English as a Second Language, vocational training, job readiness, and job placement. Multi-lingual mental health services are provided for those refugees who experienced severe trauma and require therapy. Of a total of 9 program sites, 6 are in Chicago and 3 are outside Chicago city limits.

The Samopomich Association was founded in the Ukrainian Village of Chicago on January 25, 2020, on the basis of the American-Ukrainian Samopomich Society, established in 1950 to help newly arrived immigrants, and the Ukrainian-American Federal Credit Union Samopomich.

Northeast Ohio is home to one of the largest populations of Ukrainians in the country. Global Cleveland is currently preparing Northeast Ohio to receive large numbers of Ukrainian refugees, and we are so grateful for any help that our community members can provide in order to make Northeast Ohio a better home for all newcomers.

Welcome to Minnesota! The Ukrainian American Community Center website is a clearinghouse resource for the newly arriving Ukrainians.

New Jersey residents have played a vital role in the resettlement program and refugees have positively contributed to New Jersey communities. A service available to refugees in New Jersey is the employment Matching Grant Services, administered by Voluntary Agencies in the state. An alternative to public cash assistance, private agencies match federal contributions and provide intensive case management services to help refugees get employed and become self-sufficient within 120 days of arrival.

The Director of Refugee Services is based in Tallahassee. Program staff are mostly located in Tallahassee and Miami; Refugee Services Community Liaisons, who are the program’s direct link to community partners and refugees, are located in each DCF Regional Office: Northeast (Jacksonville), Northwest (Tallahassee), Central (Orlando), Suncoast (Tampa), Southeast (West Palm Beach), and Southern (Miami). Refugee cash and medical assistance benefits are available for a maximum of eight months following arrival to the United States to needy refugees who are not eligible for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or Medicaid. This refugee assistance is paid entirely from federal funds through the Department’s existing FLORIDA system within the ACCESS/Economic Self-Sufficiency program structure.

The State of California welcomes Ukrainian newcomers and stands in solidarity as they arrive and integrate into Californian communities. This information is intended to help Ukrainian families and service providers access existing state program resources. Since many Ukrainians are arriving outside the federal refugee resettlement system, the state will support these newcomers by continuing to provide technical assistance to County Welfare Departments, refugee-serving organizations, and other community service partners, and in coordinating public assistance programs and services that support resettlement and integration in California.

Washington’s Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance is working with our refugee resettlement agencies and local communities to prepare for an increase in arrivals from Ukraine. The DSHS Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance is facilitating the Washington Ukrainian Welcoming Task force to coordinate services for Ukrainians arriving across the state.

The mission of the PA Refugee Resettlement Program is to help refugees and their families obtain employment, economic self-sufficiency, and social integration within the shortest possible time after their arrival into the commonwealth. Most refugee resettlement entails reunification of family members and/or planned placement in regions where there are good prospects for rapid employment and sufficient support services to facilitate adjustment to life in the United States.

Oregon and the City of Portland have developed a list of resources to support Ukrainian Americans and Ukrainians abroad

The Office of Community Services of the Department of Social Services (DSS) is responsible for disbursing federal funds related to the resettlement of refugees in Connecticut. DSS disburses federal refugee assistance program funds, administers the Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) and Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA) programs for refugees for up to twelve months from their date of entry to the U.S. DSS also provides refugees with temporary family assistance/cash assistance, medical coverage and food stamp assistance under those public assistance programs since refugees qualify as legal non-citizens.

Georgia has a State Refugee Coordinator, who is responsible for coordinating public and private resources for refugees. Services for refugees are coordinated with the private sector, which provides job development, placement and specialized training opportunities, as well as contracted support service activities with a consortium of refugee voluntary agencies. If you would like to apply for SNAP, Medical Assistance, TANF, or Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) see below.

North Carolina's State Refugee Office (SRO) administers a wide range of programs that are part of the implementation of the Refugee Resettlement Program.

The Arkansas Refugee Resettlement Program assists newly arrived eligible refugees to assimilate into the American way of life. The program offers financial and medical services to eligible refugees for up to 8 months after arrival in the United States. Call 501-682-8256 or 800-482-8988 for additional information.

The Office of New Americans supports Coloradans by connecting immigrants to resources and opportunities and works closely with the Colorado Refugee Services Program, which oversees the resettlement infrastructure in the state. Because this response is different from the traditional refugee resettlement process, these two entities are pulling together expertise from across the state to ensure that Ukrainians, no matter their immigration status, have access to important information and services.

The Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) supports refugees through transitional benefits and contracted community partners as they resettle in the United States. Knowing the challenges refugees face, RRP provides benefits and services to assist refugees as they adjust to life in the U.S. Local nonprofit Refugee Resettlement Agencies (RAs) welcome refugees when they arrive in the country, provide them with essential services during their first 30 to 90 days, and link them to federally-funded programs(link is external) like Refugee Cash and Medical Assistance, Employment Services, English Language Training and Case Management.