Ukrainian Refugees
(01/01/22 – 12/31/22)
Effective 05/21/2022, the Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees (UHP) and other non-Ukrainian individuals displaced from Ukraine are eligible for NA and CA Benefits without any waiting period when all other eligibility requirements are met. This has been authorized under the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 (AUSAA).
The following criteria determine the eligibility period start dates. Once the eligibility period begins, it continues until the end of the individual’s parole term:
The initial date of eligibility is 05/21/2022. When an individual was paroled and entered the U.S. between 02/24/2022, and 05/21/2022, the date of eligibility is 05/21/2022.
When the date of entry in the U.S. is after 05/21/2022, the date of eligibility is when the date of humanitarian parole was granted.
NOTE These participants are exempt from sponsor deeming requirements.
Due to urgent humanitarian reasons, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has paroled the following individuals into the U.S. between 02/24/2022, and 09/30/2023:
Ukrainian citizens or nationals, also known as an UHP, who received humanitarian parole status by DHS.
Other non-Ukrainian individuals in response to their displacement from Ukraine and entry into the U.S.
A spouse or child of an UHP or non-Ukrainian individual who is paroled into the U.S. after 09/30/2023.
A parent, legal guardian, or primary caregiver of an unaccompanied refugee minor or an unaccompanied child who is paroled into the U.S. after 09/30/2023.
Ukrainian refugees can present any of the following documents as proof of their immigration status:
Ukrainian citizen or national with the UHP status
Form I-94 – with the notation of humanitarian parole (per INA section 212(d)(5) or 8 U.S.C. § 1182(d)(5))
Foreign passport with DHS/Center for Border Protection (CBP) admission stamp with the notation of “DT”
Foreign passport with DHS/CBP admission stamp with the Uniting for Ukraine or “U4U” notation
Foreign passport with DHS/CBP admission stamp with Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolee or “UHP” notation
Form I-765 - Employment Authorization Document (EAD) receipt notice with code C11
Form I-766 - Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with code C11
A non-Ukrainian individual who last habitually resided in Ukraine and received humanitarian parole classification by DHS
Any one of the forms or stamps listed above for UHPs and documentation of last habitual residence in Ukraine. Acceptable documentation indicating last habitual residency in Ukraine includes an original Ukrainian government-issued document, such as a current driver’s license or identification card.
Ukrainian refugees may also qualify for benefits provided by the Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP). These cases must be processed by the FAA Refugee offices during their first 12 months in the U.S. After the first 12 months are completed, the cases must be processed at any FAA office.
NOTE The refugee office staff are the only staff that key the RE Citizenship code on IDCI. To track these cases, refugee office staff set a free form ACTS Alert for the month after the end of the 12th month. After 12 months, the refugee office staff change the citizenship code to EA and move the case out of their caseload.