Ukrainians seeking refuge in the United States have been arriving in Rhode Island via Community Sponsors. We are working to around the clock to help and support our new neighbors.
Please contact our Ukrainian Response Coordinator if you are in need of assistance: email@example.com or 401-602-0871.
Ukrainian individuals or non-Ukrainian individuals who last habitually resided in Ukraine, and who have been granted humanitarian parole status may be eligible for federal 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). These individuals 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). Click below for more details.
The United States government recently established the Uniting for Ukraine program allowing U.S.-based individuals and organizations to sponsor a Ukrainian individual or family in the United States. For more information and to apply to sponsor a Ukrainian, please see the USCIS site: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/uniting-for-ukraine. Once approved, Ukrainians, through the program will receive humanitarian parole for two years and will be eligible for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). Note: Ukrainian parolees are not currently eligible for ORR services.
Update: Time Frame Extended for Uniting for Ukraine Parolees Completing Tuberculosis Attestation
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the time for beneficiaries paroled into the United States under the Uniting for Ukraine (U4U) program to attest to their compliance with medical screenings for tuberculosis and required vaccinations. The U4U program allows U.S.-based sponsors to support Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members to enter the United States for two years under humanitarian parole. Under the new rules, beneficiaries must complete the medical attestation within 90 days of arrival in the United States. Beneficiaries previously only had 14 days to complete their medical screenings and attestations. The medical attestations also apply to a beneficiary’s minor children, even if the child is under the age of two and has qualified for an exemption for a tuberculosis test screening.
As a reminder, Ukrainians are eligible to submit an initial registration application for TPS and apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). All Ukrainians who meet eligibility requirements and who entered the U.S. before April 11 of this year can apply. The designation of TPS for Ukraine lasts until October 19, 2023. Please follow the following link to apply: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status/temporary-protected-status-designated-country-ukraine
You can find a breakdown of eligibility requirements, how to register for TPS and how to register for an EAD here: https://cliniclegal.org/resources/humanitarian-relief/temporary-protected-status-and-deferred-enforced-departure/april-19-0?ct=t(TIPS_042022)
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Media Release: Dorcas Int'l Ready to Welcome Ukrainians
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island strives to create a welcoming environment for all, working to empower the most vulnerable among us for more than 100 years. We meet our clients where they are by providing integrated, wraparound programs and services helping those seeking to overcome educational, cultural, economic, and language barriers.