U.S. policy allows refugees of special humanitarian concern entrance into our country, reflecting our core values and our tradition of being a safe haven for the oppressed.
Read more about ORR's history
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides new populations with the opportunity to maximize their potential in the United States. Our programs provide people in need with critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.
Read about ORR's Divisions, Eligible Populations, and Six Guiding Principles
Robert "Bob" Carey was appointed Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in April 2015. Bob brings more than thirty years' experience working in refugee resettlement with a national voluntary agency (volag), and has also served as Chair of the Refugee Council USA.
Read Mr. Carey's profile and introduction letter
ORR collaborates with numerous offices to better serve those in need. Our partners include:
- Federal Agencies;
- Mutual Assistance Associations;
- State Partners;
- Training and Technical Assistance Providers; and
- Voluntary Agencies
A broad range of material is also available through ORR's Network Resources portal from partners and providers.
Federal Guidance and Authority
Certain rules and legislation govern the development and operations of ORR’s resettlement programs and allocation of funding.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) operates according to a set of policies and principles set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 45: Public Welfare, Parts 400 [Refugee Resettlement Program] and 401 [Cuban/Haitian Entrant Program].
Immigration and Nationality Act (DHS) - Description about the Act and how it was created. Also link to the Act's menu to read the statutes governing immigration law.
- The Refugee Act
Cuban Adjustment Act (USCIS)
- Eligibility for permanent residence under the Cuban Adjustment Act despite having arrived at a place other than a designated port of entry
- Clarification of Eligibility for Permanent Residence Under Cuban Adjustment Act
- Amerasian Homecoming Act, Section 584 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 1998, as amended
- Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (USDOS)
- Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003
- Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005
- William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008
Last Reviewed: September 30, 2015