The United States Refugee Admissions Program


Welcome to the United States Refugee Admissions Program.


U.S. Refugee Admissions Program Overview

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U.S. Refugee Admissions Program Introduction

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Reception and Placement Overview

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If you are a refugee and cannot return to your home country, you may be eligible to permanently relocate to another country. This is called resettlement.

To resettle to another country, you must be eligible for admission and be accepted through a formal process. All the countries that accept refugees for resettlement have very different resettlement application procedures.

The United States of America is one of the countries in the world that accepts refugees for resettlement. Since 1980, Americans have welcomed millions of refugees from all over the world through the United States Refugee Admissions Program, or USRAP. To be considered for the USRAP, you must be referred by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) or be eligible to apply through one of the Direct Access Programs.

The resources and information provided here describe the USRAP process.

Once you start the USRAP process, these are the steps you will go through:

Step 1: Prescreening Interview

Step 2: USCIS Interview

Step 3: Medical Screening

Step 4: Cultural Orientation

Step 5: Travel

Step 6: Arrival

Every refugee resettlement case is unique and the length of time it takes to complete the USRAP process depends upon the details and circumstances of each case.

Resettlement is an option available only to a very limited number of refugees and completing the process will involve time and effort on your part as well as on the part of the U.S. government. Before you begin the process, you should be sure you are ready to resettle to the United States if you are found to be eligible. All resettlement processing services are free of charge. At no time in the process should anyone request payment from you for any resettlement services. If anyone asks you for money, forces you to make an application, claims to be able to intervene or expedite your application, or threatens you in any way, please report it. You will be provided with information on how to report fraud during your first interview. Every Resettlement Support Center maintains a special email address to report fraud.

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