Online Portal for Sponsoring Ukrainian Refugees

Gianna Iadevaia, Reporter

In Ukraine, citizens are constantly searching for a way to bounce back from the horrific actions implemented on their country by Russia. A way to escape and seek relief is the current for many who live in Ukraine. The U.S has recently launched an online portal for Ukrainians to post an application for those fleeing the war in Ukraine to emigrate to the U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared the portal around last week, and it was officially published and brought to the public on Monday, April 25th. Ukrainians who are signing up for the portal will need to input things such as immigration status to even gain permission to fill the form. Those who are already in the U.S can fill out the form themselves, but those still residing in Ukraine need someone to fill it out on their behalf.

According to Homeland Security, ‘The process begins when the supporter files Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to include information both on the supporter and the Ukrainian beneficiary. Ukrainians who meet the requirements receive authorization to travel directly to the United States and seek parole at a port of entry.”

U.S. groups and civilians can also house Ukrainians overseas and financially sponsor them. Located on the DHS website, they can fill out a form to prove and provide items suggesting that they have the financial methods to propose habitation to said refugees, and allow assistance in immigration and above.

Ukrainians will be granted humanitarian parole among their arrival to the U.S, which will make them eligible to live and work there for at least two years. But, its not a guarantee that the refugees with humanitarian parole can become permanent U.S citizens.