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

What We Do

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

Collaborations & Partnerships

ORR collaborates with numerous offices to better serve those in need. Our partners include:

A broad range of material is also available through ORR's Network Resources portal from partners and providers. 

Refugee Arrival Data

View U.S. resettlement tallies by State of resettlement and Country of Origin by Fiscal Year.

Federal Guidance and Authority

Certain rules and legislation govern the development and operations of ORR’s resettlement programs and allocation of funding.

ORR Regulations

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].

Legislative Authority

Last Reviewed: September 30, 2015