On April 27, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice providing details on the new “Uniting for Ukraine” process. Under the new process, available since April 25, 2022, DHS will offer certain Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members recently displaced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an opportunity to travel to the United States to seek humanitarian parole for up to two years. Qualifications include passing biometric and biographic vetting, having sufficient financial support in the United States, and meeting other eligibility requirements listed in the DHS notice.
DHS noted that as of April 10, 2022, nearly 12 million people had fled their homes as a result of the war in Ukraine, including seven million displaced inside Ukraine. DHS noted that this was due to ongoing violence and resulting widespread electricity outages, a lack of water and food, infrastructure and residential building damage, medical supply issues, hospital shortages, and ongoing displacement and fatalities of civilians.