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State Letter #09-02

Eligibility of Afghan Special Immigrants for ORR Benefits and Services Continues Beyond September 30, 2008 - Update to State Letter 08-04

Published: October 14, 2008
Types:
State Letter
Tags:
afghan, siv

TO: STATE REFUGEE COORDINATORS
REFUGEE HEALTH COORDINATORS
NATIONAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES
OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES

FROM: David Siegel
Acting Director
Office of Refugee Resettlement

SUBJECT: Eligibility of Afghan Special Immigrants for ORR Benefits and Services Continues Beyond September 30, 2008
Update to State Letter 08-04

Afghan Special Immigrants and Their Eligible Family Members Eligible for ORR Benefits and Services beyond September 30, 2008

The purpose of this ORR State Letter is to clarify that Afghan Special Immigrants and their eligible family members are eligible for ORR benefits and services beyond September 30, 2008. The original authority for eligibility by Afghan Special Immigrants for ORR benefits and services is contained in Section 525 of Title V of Division G of Public Law 110-161, “The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008” signed into law on December 26, 2007. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 was an appropriations law that covered only Fiscal Year 2008, which ended September 30, 2008.

A new law, the “Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009,” Public Law 110-329, at Section 101 of Division A provides l egal authority for continuation beyond September 30, 2008 of eligibility by Afghan Special Immigrants and their eligible family members for ORR benefits and services.

Benefit-granting agencies and refugee service providers should continue to provide ORR benefits and services to eligible Afghan Special Immigrants and their eligible family members unless changes are made to the law. If changes are made to the law, ORR will notify agencies and providers as soon as possible.

Please see ORR State Letter # 08-04 dated January 18, 2008 for background and additional information.

This notice is effective immediately.

If you have questions regarding any of the information contained in this State Letter, please contact Thomas Pabst at (202) 401-5398 or by email at thomas.pabst@acf.hhs.gov.