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U.S. Launches Online Portal to Sponsor Ukrainians Fleeing War

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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Uniting for Ukraine portal is now live and accepting applicants. The initiative is a streamlined process providing “a pathway for displaced Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily for up to two years.

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 supporter will then be vetted by the U.S. government to protect against exploitation and abuse, and ensure that they are able to financially support the individual(s) whom they agree to support.

Ukrainians who present at U.S. land ports of entry without a valid visa or without pre-authorization to travel to the United States through Uniting for Ukraine may be denied entry and referred to apply through this program.

The DHS portal can be visited at: https://www.dhs.gov/ukraine

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