The Joe Biden government announces a new program for Ukrainians interested in coming to the United States

To which countries did the Ukrainian refugees go? 1:04 (CNN) — The Biden administration announced Thursday a new program called “Uniting for Ukraine” that will provide a streamlined process for Ukrainians who want to come to the United States. The move is part of President Joe Biden’s commitment to accept up to 100,000 people fleeing war-torn Ukraine and is designed to get Ukrainians interested in coming to the United States to the country more quickly. Administration officials said Thursday that many Ukrainians still plan to stay in Europe, but the new program is expected to serve most of the 100,000 pledged. CNN reported earlier Thursday that the humanitarian parole program will require Ukrainians wishing to enter the US to be sponsored by a US citizen or individual, which would include resettlement organizations and nonprofits. People will have to undergo rigorous security checks, including biographical and biometric screening, and complete vaccinations and other public health requirements, including receipt of the Covid-19 vaccine, to be eligible, officials said. Ukrainians must also have been residents of Ukraine as of February 11, 2022. This is how the US reacted to Russian missile test launch 1:05 Sponsors have to pass their own security checks and declare their financial support. There is no limit to the number of individuals a person or group can sponsor, but administration officials said they will assess their means and ability to support Ukrainians. The Department of Homeland Security will administer the program. “The Department of Homeland Security will continue to provide aid to the Ukrainian people, while supporting our European allies who have borne so much of the burden as a result of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. release. Through this process, Ukrainian applicants could travel to the US and be considered for humanitarian parole, on a case-by-case basis, for up to two years. If accepted, individuals will be able to obtain work authorization. People can start submitting their applications through an online portal on April 25. Limited access routes to the US have caused hundreds of Ukrainians to head to Mexico, where it is easier to obtain a visa, and then attempt to enter the US through land ports of entry. A Homeland Security official stressed Thursday that Ukrainians should not travel to Mexico to enter the United States. “Following the launch of Uniting for Ukraine, Ukrainians who present themselves at US land ports of entry without a valid visa or prior authorization to travel to the United States through Uniting for Ukraine will be denied entry and they will be referred to apply through this program,” according to DHS.