May 9, 2022 - World

Nearly 6,000 Ukrainians approved to enter U.S.

Ukrainians refugees board the train to Przemysl, Poland from Ukraine's port city Odesa on 25 April 2022. Photo: STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security has approved nearly 6,000 Ukrainians to travel to the United States through a new streamlined process, the agency said on Monday.

The big picture: The "Uniting for Ukraine" program, which the Biden administration announced in late April, allows Ukrainians fleeing the Russian military invasion to apply for humanitarian parole.

Driving the news: Ukrainian refugees participating in the program began arriving in the U.S. on Friday, the DHS said in a statement.

  • U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services has had more than 19,000 requests from Americans who want to help Ukrainian citizens or immediate family members since the website first launched, the DHS said.
  • The DHS website went live on April 25 for Americans to apply to be sponsors. Among other requirements, Ukrainians seeking to enter the U.S. through the program must have a U.S. sponsor.
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