Information and Resources for Ukrainians
This page primarily contains information for Ukrainian arrivals who will be staying in California through the Uniting for Ukraine program.
If you have been granted humanitarian parole and have not attested your vaccination status, please visit the
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website and complete the online tuberculosis and vaccine attestation in your USCIS account. You must complete your medical attestation within 90 days of arrival in the United States.
Please note that as of September 30, 2023, only certain relatives (spouses, children) of Afghan and Ukrainian parolees are eligible for benefits provided through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), including the Refugee Health Assessment Program. If arriving after September 30, 2023, please read the ORR Dear Colleague Letter (PDF) to check for eligibility for Office of Refugee Health services.
For more information on vaccine attestation requirements, visit the Vaccine Attestations webpage.
How to Get a Medical Screening in California
Parolees from Ukraine can get a free medical screening through the Refugee Health Assessment Program (RHAP). There are 11 RHAP clinics in the state of California. Please visit the RHAP County Clinics webpage for the list of clinics. Visit the How Can New Arrivals Get a Free Medical Screening in California webpage for more information on what the medical screening covers and what to do if your county does not have a RHAP clinic.
Ukrainian Arrival Assistance Resources
Information on Eligibility Documentation
Information on Medi-Cal and Other Public Benefits
How to Sign Up for Medi-Cal and Public Benefits
Within a few days of arrival to California, new arrivals should apply for Medi-Cal, and other public benefits:
CalFresh provides cash benefits towards healthy and nutritious food.
CalWORKS provides cash aid and services to eligible families who have a child in the home.
If there is no minor child in the home, Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) provides cash aid and services to Office of Refugee Resettlement eligible populations.
Medi-Cal provides affordable, high-quality medical and dental care services to children and adults who meet the Medi-Cal eligibility requirements.
Individuals may apply online on the MyBenefits CalWin website or the BenefitsCal website. As an alternative, applications can be submitted in person to the local county Human or Social Service Agency. The Department of Health Care Services County Offices webpage can be used to find the local county office.
The California Public Benefits Fact Sheet (PDF) contains more information on how to sign up for public benefits in California.
If applying for California Public Benefits in person, the Public Benefits Application Cover Sheet (PDF) includes a checklist of necessary documents to apply for public benefits in CA.
More information on the Medi-Cal Dental Program can be found on the Dental Care for Medi-Cal Recipients fact sheet (PDF) and on the Department of Health Care Services website. Medi-Cal can also cover transportation to medical, dental, and pharmacy visits. The Medi-Cal Transport Tool Fact Sheet (PDF) contains information on how to coordinate transportation.
For Ukrainians Seeking Resettlement Agency Services and Benefits in California
Resettlement agencies may be able to assist with public benefits, legal referrals, assistance with employment authorization, and school enrollment. You must contact a resettlement agency within 90 days of entry to the United States to be eligible for resettlement agency services.
Tuberculosis and Vaccine Information
Information on Employment and Resources
If you entered under Uniting for Ukraine you are authorized to work in the United States. Also, note that USCIS does NOT need to approve your application for employment authorization before you can work in the United States. More information on how to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) can be found on the Application for Employment Authorization section of the USCIS website.
Information on Uniting for Ukraine