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DHS announces re-parole process for eligible Ukrainians

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Global Refuge Staff

February 28, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 27, 2024

Contact: Jason Lucas | jason.lucas@globalrefuge.org | 240-717-4421

Washington D.C. – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced that it is establishing a re-parole process for certain Ukrainian nationals who fled their homeland for the United States due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Beginning February 27, eligible Ukrainians will be able to apply for parole and work authorization for up to two years. DHS’s announcement coincides with the two-year anniversary Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Since 2022, the U.S. government has welcomed approximately 200,000 Ukrainians through humanitarian parole protections that allow them to live and work in the country for two years. Global Refuge joined other resettlement organizations in pushing the Biden administration for the re-parole process.

In response to the announcement, Lee Williams, Chief Programs Officer at Global Refuge, said:

“As we enter a heartbreaking third year of conflict, this re-parole process signals solidarity with and support for thousands of Ukrainians who have found refuge in the U.S. This announcement alleviates much anxiety that Ukrainians have experienced while grappling with the uncertainty of remaining in the U.S. amid a devastating war in their homeland.

Re-parole represents more than just temporary safety and the opportunity for Ukrainians to live and work in this country, but also demonstrates critical U.S. humanitarian leadership. We are grateful to the Biden administration for its robust actions to protect displaced Ukrainians and call for continued humanitarian support for people fleeing violence in Ukraine.”

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Global Refuge, formerly Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, is a nonprofit serving newcomers seeking safety, support, and a share in the American dream. For 85 years, we have welcomed those seeking refuge, upholding a legacy of compassion and grace for people in crisis. We walk alongside individuals, families, and children as they begin their new lives in the United States through our work in refugee resettlement, welcome and respite services for asylum seekers, economic empowerment and employment, and family unification for unaccompanied children. To date, we have served over 750,000 people from around the globe. At Global Refuge, welcoming newcomers isn’t just our duty — it’s an inherent part of our identity, rooted in our Lutheran heritage and inspired values, and serving as a testament to our unwavering commitment to those in search of refuge.

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