Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees
Shortly after the war in Ukraine began, President Biden committed to welcoming up to 100,000 people fleeing Ukraine. The Uniting for Ukraine program provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the U.S. temporarily through a two-year period of Humanitarian Parole. Ukrainians participating in Uniting for Ukraine must have a supporter in the United States who agrees to provide them with financial support for the duration of their stay in the United States. Unlike refugee resettlement, the Uniting for Ukraine program relies on the full support of local sponsors for new arrivals’ housing and community navigation needs.
U4U clients are eligible for CWS Employment and Extended support programming, which includes intensive case management support for individuals with specific vulnerabilities like physical and mental health needs. The CWS Immigration Legal Services program is also available to provide assistance.
You may be also eligible for federal “mainstream” (non-ORR funded) 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). You 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).
CWS Lancaster Services
CWS Lancaster’s Legal Services program can assist Ukrainians applying for employment authorization documents free of charge. Comprehensive legal consultations are also available for a nominal fee. Employment services and case management support are also available through CWS’ PC GAPS, Matching Grant, Employment & Extended Services programs. Case managers and employment specialists will work with enrolled UHPs and other eligible individuals to support their learning, employment and integration goals as they connect with community resources and new opportunities in the area. This may include assistance applying for school enrollment, applying for welfare benefits, identifying a medical home, identifying mental health supports, or connecting with new employment opportunities in the U.S.
If you are a Ukrainian here with Humanitarian Parole through the U4U program, or a non-Ukrainian who last habitually resided in Ukraine and was granted parole status, please contact CWS Lancaster to explore available resources.
Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolee Case Manager
Alain Martinez de la Torre,
Employment Services Supervisor
Immigration Legal Services
Immigration Legal Services Coordinator
Extended Services Supervisor