Announcements | June 24, 2022

Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees Eligible for Refugee Services

The Uniting for Ukraine program which was set up as a response to the war in Ukraine has resulted in the approval of Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian populations displaced from Ukraine to resettle in the U.S. with humanitarian parole status. Congress passed the Additional Ukraine Appropriations Act, 2022, which has authorized the Administration for Children & Families’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to provide eligible populations displaced from Ukraine with services like other refugees. This included refugee cash assistance, refugee medical assistance, and ORR-funded programs like Matching Grant and Preferred Communities. ECDC’s network of local sites are already receiving Ukrainians and assisting them to enroll in the programs for which they are eligible.

The Uniting for Ukraine program is set up outside of the United States Refugee Admissions Program, and requires a fiscal sponsor to apply to USCIS and name the individual or family they agree to support. The fiscal sponsor is therefore expected to assist the sponsored individual or family settle and no resettlement agency is assigned to provide initial case management services.