Reuters learned about US plans to simplify entry for Ukrainian citizens

Washington intends to simplify entry into the country for those Ukrainians who have relatives among US citizens or holders of a residence permit, three sources told Reuters

The US administration plans to begin work this week to ease entry into the United States for a number of categories of Ukrainian citizens, according to Reuters, citing three informed sources.

Visas will be accelerated for relatives of American citizens or holders of a residence permit in the United States, one of the interlocutors of the agency said. According to him, the administration intends to increase the number of employees who process applications for obtaining a temporary status that allows them to enter the country for humanitarian reasons.

In addition, special attention will be paid to activists, representatives of the LGBT community, and journalists and other “potentially vulnerable” groups, Reuters writes, citing sources.

In early February, a source familiar with the matter told Fox News about the U.S. authorities preparing for a “significant refugee crisis.” In late February, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced US readiness to accept refugees from Ukraine, noting that Washington expects that “many of them, if not most, will wish to go to neighboring countries.”

According to UN, by mid-March, 3 million people left Ukraine, including 157 thousand citizens of other states. CNN reported that only about 690 of them arrived in the United States as of March 19.

About 270,000 Ukrainian refugees arrived in the Czech Republic, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said in mid-March , noting that the authorities are running out of resources to receive everyone. “We must admit that we are at the very point where we can accept [refugees] without problems,” — he warned. According to the portal denik.cz, by March 17, the Czech Ministry of Internal Affairs issued about 180 thousand visas, more than half of the arrivals— minors, 80% of arrived adults— women.

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