The Biden administration expects most Ukrainians whose lives have been upended by Russia’s invasion of their country to stay in Europe. However, in March of 2022 the administration announced that it would expect up to 100,000 to stay and work in the US for up to two years.
The “Uniting for Ukraine” program was unrolled on April 25 and potential sponsors must upload details about their employment and assets. Applicants must pass identity and security checks before they can travel to the US and be considered for enrollment.
The program to assist Ukrainians fleeing war comes amid continued pressure on the Biden administration to allocate more military aid to Ukraine, and issue more sanctions against Russia.
On March 3, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also announced that it would be extending temporary protected status to Ukrainians already in the country for 18 months.