The Department of State (DOS) released information on March 11, 2022, for nationals of Ukraine to “further clarify visa options and outline alternatives to visas that Ukrainians may consider.” DOS noted that “a visa is not a viable way to achieve refugee resettlement in the United States.” DOS also recently released information for U.S. citizens in Ukraine. Highlights are below:
- Among other things, certain persons from Ukraine can travel to the United States without a pre-departure COVID-19 test until April 1, 2022, under a national interest exception.
- Humanitarian parole allows a person who may be inadmissible or otherwise ineligible for admission to be in the United States temporarily for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. “It is not meant to replace a visa process,” DOS said. Those wishing to apply should contact USCIS.
- Almost all refugee cases in countries abroad are processed by local authorities or the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). “Ukrainians should not attempt to apply for visas in order to travel to the United States as refugees. Instead, they should contact local authorities or UNHCR for refugee processing,” DOS said. USAID also has information for Ukrainian refugees.
- DOS said that the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Resettlement Support Center (RSC) Eurasia is continuing limited operations from Kyiv and from the sub-office in Chisinau, Moldova. At present, RSC Eurasia is not conducting any in-person activities or scheduling any departures from Kyiv. The sub-office in Chisinau can arrange departures for approved Ukrainian Lautenberg applicants who have completed all U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) processing requirements and are physically outside of Ukraine, DOS said.
- U.S. citizens seeking to leave Ukraine can call 1-833-741-2777 (in the United States) or 1-606-260-4379 (from overseas) for immediate assistance. An online form is at https://cacms.state.gov/s/crisis-intake