In February 2022, Russia launched an unprovoked attack on Ukraine. As a result, more than 14 million Ukrainians have been displaced from their homes, with nearly 8 million fleeing the country in search of safety.
The conflict has continued to escalate, and Russian forces have targeted Ukrainians indiscriminately. This has caused thousands of civilian casualties and decimated key infrastructure. Many of the families who have escaped to neighboring countries have arrived with only the clothes on their backs. The Ukrainian economy has also plummeted, leaving these refugees with little or no financial security.
Shortly after the conflict began, President Biden committed to welcome at least 100,000 people fleeing Ukraine. In April 2022, the administration announced the Uniting for Ukraine program. Under this program, people who have fled the conflict in Ukraine are eligible for humanitarian parole, a temporary legal status that allows beneficiaries to stay in the U.S. for up to two years. Individuals applying to travel to the U.S. through this program must apply with a sponsor, which can be a group or individual in the U.S. who commits to supporting the beneficiary after they arrive in the country.
- URGENT: Urge Congress & the Biden Administration to Welcome Refugees and Rebuild the U.S. Resettlement Program
- How to Help Ukrainian Refugees in the United States
- Housing Initiatives for Ukrainian Evacuees (click to download PDF)
- Lautenberg Fact Sheet (click to download PDF)
- Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine Lautenburg Reauthorization and Ways to Help
- Ukrainian Backgrounder - CORE
- Uniting for Ukraine | Homeland Security (dhs.gov).
- Welcome.US | Explainer.