The federal government created Uniting for Ukraine to welcome refugees. The program allows families to sponsor refugees and gives them entrance into the U.S. for a limited time.
Dakota County is working with the state to assist Ukrainian newcomers and their sponsors with health resources and examinations.
Steps for sponsors and newcomers
- Fill out the New Arrival Notification and Screening Referral Form.
- Contact a resettlement agency (see below) to discuss eligibility for cash, food and housing benefit options. These agencies act as referral sources for employment and English language training.
- Apply for health insurance for the new arrival.
- Within 90 days of arrival, Ukrainians aged 2 years and older are required to complete a Tuberculosis (TB) screening and blood test. Call the clinic below for same-day appointments. For more information, contact Dakota County Public Health at 952-891-7500.
- Within 90 days of arrival, Ukrainians aged 6 months and older are required to have received, and attest that they have received, their COVID-19 vaccines. To receive free COVID-19 vaccines from Dakota County, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine web page.
Minnesota Community Care Farmington Clinic
19685 Pilot Knob Road
Farmington, MN 55024
Resettlement agencies near Dakota County
Lutheran Social Services (Minneapolis and St. Cloud)
International Institute of Minnesota (St. Paul)
Minnesota Council of Churches (Minneapolis, MN)
The Dakota County Employment and Economic Assistance office in West St Paul can offer public assistance resources. For more information, call 651-554-5611.
Dakota County Public Health offices in Apple Valley and West St Paul can assist with the Refugee Health Assessment. For more information, call 952-891-7500.
The Ukrainian American Community Center has resources to connect with peers in the community.
Minnesota Refugee Support Group Facebook page is a social media resource for supporting refugees.
The Minnesota Department of Health has additional information for Ukrainians Arriving in Minnesota.