On April 21, 2022, the United States unveiled a critical initiative to fulfill President Biden's commitment to welcome Ukrainian individuals displaced by Russia's invasion. Uniting for Ukraine offers a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members residing outside the United States to enter the U.S. temporarily, under a two-year period of parole. Ukrainian participants in the Uniting for Ukraine program must have a U.S.-based sponsor willing to provide them with financial support during their stay in the United States.
The initial step in the Uniting for Ukraine process involves the U.S.-based sponsor filing an I-134A, Online Request to be a Supporter and Declaration of Financial Support, with USCIS. The U.S. government will subsequently assess the sponsor's ability to financially support the sponsored individual.
ALERT: You may be eligible to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to gain legal work status in the United States under the following conditions:
- You were recently paroled into the United States, and your parole status remains valid.
- You have submitted an asylum application that has been pending for a minimum of 150 days.
If you haven't initiated the EAD application process yet, you can start by creating an online USCIS account and submitting Form I-765. Upon approval, USCIS will send your work permit to the provided address. Alternatively, you have the option to submit a paper application for Form I-765 if needed.