- For sponsorship opportunities I recommend reaching out to Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services (LIRS), Michigan Refugee Assistance Program (MRAP) sponsored by Jewish Family Services, Refugee Center in Michigan (Samaritas). Michigan Department of Health and Social Services (MDHSS), International Refugee Assistance Program (IRAP) or the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) administered by UNHCR. Those are the only options available as of today.
- It is reported that while many of the two million people who have already fled Ukraine may choose to stay in Europe, a subset hopes to join family members in the United States. Those seeking a U.S. visa will likely face long wait times and limited appointment availability, as foreign citizens have struggled for months to snag consular appointments amid processing delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With embassies shuttered in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, pressure on other consular posts in the region will only increase.
- The Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET for short) program and related measures to assist Ukrainians have gone live:
see https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2022/03/canada-ukraine-authorization-for-emergency-travel.html, https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/ukraine-measures/cuaet.html, https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/ukraine-measures/ukraine-open-work-permit.html, and https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/ukraine-measures/study.html.
Canada will be offering a temporary stay of 3 years with a possibility of a future extension, work authorization if desired, and a study permit if desired (on arrival for people under 18; people over 18 will need to apply for a study permit from within Canada after they arrive but will have their application prioritized and won’t need to pay the processing fee).
The program applies to Ukrainian nationals and their immediate family members as defined under Canadian immigration law, which is slightly different from immediate relatives as defined under U.S. law. Spouses and dependent children are included, as one might expect, but so are common-law partners and the dependent child of a dependent child; parents, on the other hand, are not included.