Doug Bedell — April 30, 2022, 8:12 am

Ukrainians Can Find Temporary Refuge in the U.S.

President Biden and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are making it possible for Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion to find temporary refuge in the United States.

“Uniting for Ukraine,” DHS explains, “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.”

“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 (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). 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.”

Yes, there’s always a form to be filled out, but this is a welcoming one at a time of great hardship for Ukrainians.

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