So many people are desperate to get family members out of Ukraine right now. We empathize with their plight. And we are preparing to resume welcoming Ukrainian refugees to the Northwest when federal plans for this humanitarian crisis solidify.
However, this is a matter that will be decided by the United States government. Our organization has no control over who leaves Ukraine, where they will go, and when.
For those who have already submitted documents for their relatives through LCWNW or a similar organization and have questions, please contact the International Organization for Migration (IOM) by email – ICC@iom.int.
If relatives for whom you submitted documents ended up outside Ukraine — in Poland, Moldova or other countries — then they will also need to contact IOM at the same email address, and report their location. Remember that only the principal applicant in the case is eligible to file requests through IOM’s email.
There is no official information yet about the adoption of any special U.S. program for accepting refugees resulting from the Russian invasion. LCSNW will update this post as more information becomes available.
Thank you for your patience.
Daryl Morrissey is the Director of Refugee Resettlement for Lutheran Community Services Northwest.