[UPDATED] President Biden Announces new Humanitarian Parole Program for Ukrainians

August 16, 2022 Louis Massard

 

NOTE: This article was updated on Aug. 16, 2022 to reflect new information regarding the Uniting for Ukraine program. The original story was published on April 28, 2022. 

UPDATE: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has updated its COVID-19 vaccination requirements for individuals who are granted parole into the United States in the Uniting for Ukraine program. Beneficiaries aged six months and above must provide an attestation proving that they received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccination before traveling to the U.S. unless they are eligible for an exception. Previously, only beneficiaries aged five years and older were required to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.  

Prior to traveling to the U.S., beneficiaries aged six months and older must attest that they received at least one COVID-19 vaccination approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for emergency use, unless they qualify for an exception. After they receive parole into the U.S., beneficiaries must attest that they have completed, or will complete, the rest of their COVID-19 vaccination series and be fully vaccinated within 90 days of arrival in the U.S. or within 90 days of reaching the eligible age for vaccination, unless they qualify for an exception. The attestation is a requirement for parole, and it must be completed in the beneficiary’s online USCIS account. Beneficiaries must arrange for their own vaccinations. 

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On April 25, 2022, President Biden launched a new humanitarian parole program for Ukrainians who are fleeing their country due to the ongoing crisis.  

Overview 

The humanitarian parole program, called Uniting for Ukraine, allows U.S. citizens and entities to sponsor Ukrainian citizens who have been displaced due to ongoing armed conflict in their country, provided they meet certain requirements. Ukrainian citizens must have been a resident of Ukraine on Feb. 11, 2022. They must have a sponsor based in the U.S. and meet all health requirements to enter the U.S., including full COVID-19 vaccinations. Ukrainians may also be subject to security checks and other forms of screening.  

Ukrainians will be considered on a case-by-case basis for parole. If they are granted parole, they will be allowed to remain in the U.S. for two years, and they may also be eligible for work authorization.  

Looking Ahead  

The Uniting for Ukraine program is designed to assist Ukrainians who are seeking refuge in the U.S. and who do not have, or are not eligible to obtain, a visa to enter the U.S. Additional information on the program is available through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.  

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Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Louis Massard and Amanda Bolhuis, who are Partners at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (www.giafirm.com), one of the two U.S. law firms Envoy exclusively works with on the Envoy Platform (the "U.S. Law Firms").   

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. Envoy is not a law firm, and does not provide legal advice. If you would like guidance on how this information may impact your particular situation and you are a client of one of the U.S. Law Firms, consult your attorney. If you are not a client of a U.S. Law Firm working with Envoy, consult another qualified professional. This website does not create an attorney-client relationship with either U.S. Law Firm. 

About the Author

Louis is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates where he provides counsel to employers of all sizes across a wide range of industries in obtaining nonimmigrant and immigrant benefits for foreign national personnel.

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