The United States is planning to accept 100,000 Ukrainian asylum refugees going away from Russia’s invasion. Also, the US is planning to give $1 billion in new humanitarian help to Ukrainians, after a month of Europe’s fastest-moving refugee crisis since the end of World War Two.
The announcement coincided with U.S. President Joe Biden’s meeting with European leaders in Brussels to coordinate the Western response to the Ukrainian crisis
The Biden administration said that it would use “the full range of legal pathways” to bring Ukrainians to the United States, including the U.S. refugee resettlement program, which provides a path to green card and citizenship in the United States.
Ukrainians may enter through existing visa avenues and through a relief program known as “humanitarian parole,” which allows people into the country on an emergency basis.
The Biden administration said it will focus on Ukrainians with family members in the United States.
More than 3.5 million people have fled since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, putting a strain on the neighboring European countries receiving them.
Some Ukrainians have traveled to Mexico to seek U.S. asylum at the southwest border.
With this new program, 100,000 Ukrainians will have the opportunity to live and work legally in the US, and eventually apply for a green card and become US citizens if they become elegible.
The exact way to apply for this new program is not clear yet, but soon there will be more information on how Ukrainian Refugees can come to live in the United States.