Ukrainian Refugee Resources
Uniting for Ukraine (U4U) provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily in a two-year period of parole. Ukrainians participating in Uniting for Ukraine must have a supporter in the United States who agrees to provide them with financial support for the duration of their stay in the United States
The first step in the Uniting for Ukraine process is for the U.S.-based supporter to file a Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, with USCIS. The U.S. government will then vet the supporter to ensure that they are able to financially support the individual whom they agree to support.
Humanitarian Parole Humanitarian Parole is a tool used by the U.S. government to grant certain foreign nationals entry to the United States notwithstanding that they do not have a visa or other lawful basis to enter. Parole is considered on a case-by-case basis, and if granted, it is authorized only for a temporary period, specifically noted by DHS. Although parole allows an individual to lawfully enter and remain in the United States, the parolee technically remains an “applicant for admission.” A parolee is not eligible to work immediately after arrival in the U.S. but can apply for employment authorization based on their parole status. Importantly, parole does not confer any independent immigration status, and parole alone does not provide a path to permanent residency or other lawful immigration status. However, a parolee may be able to obtain lawful status in the United States through other means.
To get connected with refugee services in your area, please contact the Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolee / Asylee Outreach Hotline: Call (toll-free) or text (WhatsApp) (833) 344 2772
On May 21, 2022, President Biden signed the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act (AUSAA), confirming eligibility for Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees for mainstream federal benefits as well as resettlement services provided by the Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Program. The AUSAA includes Ukrainians, and non-Ukrainian individuals who last habitually resided in Ukraine, paroled between February 24, 2022 and September 30, 2023.
Ukrainian humanitarian parolees paroled into the U.S. between February 24, 2022, and September 30, 2023, are eligible to apply for mainstream benefits, resettlement assistance, and other benefits available to refugees (with the exception of the initial resettlement program customarily referred to as Department of State’s Reception and Placement program), until the end of their parole term. These individuals’ spouses or unmarried children under the age of 21 who are paroled into the U.S after September 30, 2023, are also eligible to apply for these benefits.
Ukrainian Parolees may be eligible for federal “mainstream” (non-ORR funded) benefits, such as cash assistance through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), health insurance through Medicaid, and food assistance through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You may also be eligible for cash assistance, medical assistance, employment preparation, job placement, English language training, and other services offered through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
To apply for benefits in Pennsylvania, please fill out an application online through PA COMPASS, or in person at your local County Assistance Office.
Bucks County Assistance Office
1214 Veterans Highway
Bristol, PA 19007-2593
OFFICE HOURS: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Apply by phone: 1-866-550-4355
Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees are eligible to apply for both mainstream and refugee benefits, including:
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Medical Assistance
- Refugee Cash Assistance
- Refugee Medical Assistance