Uniting for Ukraine offers pathway to U.S.
On April 21, 2022, President Joe Biden announced Uniting for Ukraine
, a streamlined process to provide Ukrainian citizens fleeing Russia’s invasion an opportunity to find safety in the United States. Since the program's start, more than 140,000 have been admitted to the U.S. through Uniting for Ukraine. The Minnesota Department of Human Services expects to welcome more than 2,000 Ukrainians through this program before the end of 2023.
Uniting for Ukraine provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members to stay temporarily in the U.S. for up to two years.
Ukrainians arriving through the program must connect with an individual or group in the U.S. who agrees to provide financial support for the duration of their stay. The process begins when the U.S.-based supporter files a Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Ukrainians matched to supporters must meet additional screening requirements and background checks before they are authorized to travel to the U.S. Upon arrival, they are granted a temporary protection status for up to two years.
People who arrive to the U.S. through the Uniting for Ukraine program:
- Have permission to live in the U.S.
- Are authorized to work upon arrival for the duration of their approved stay
- Are eligible for federally funded public benefits
- Have undergone security checks prior to arrival.