Repatriation

The U.S. Repatriation Program was established in 1935 under Section 1113 of the Social Security Act to provide temporary assistance to private U.S. citizens and their dependents identified by the Department of State (DOS) as having returned from a foreign country to the United States because of destitution, illness, war, threat of war, or a similar crisis, and are without available resources.

Who administers this program?

The Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the domestic lead for the U.S. Repatriation Program.

Who is eligible for this program?

Eligible repatriates are U.S. citizens or their dependents identified by DOS as having returned or been brought from a foreign country to the United States due to destitution, illness, war, the threat of war or similar crisis, and do not have resources immediately accessible.

What services are available to eligible U.S. citizens and their dependents upon arrival in the United States?

Temporary assistance is defined by Section 1113 of the Social Security Act as money payments, medical care, temporary billeting (e.g., public shelter), transportation, and other goods and services necessary for the health or welfare of individuals (including guidance, counseling, and other welfare services) provided to eligible repatriates within the United States.

I have a relative or loved one overseas, how can they receive assistance in returning home?

DOS maintains updated information on travel advisories Visit disclaimer page  and overseas US embassy operations. Please check the DOS's page for specific country information.

Where can I find more information? 

The U.S. Repatriation Fact Sheet provides an overview of the program, eligibility criteria, and services provided.

Additional information is available on the OHSEPR U.S. Repatriation Program FAQs web page. 

Repatriation Forms

U.S. Repatriation Emergency and Group Processing Form

January 8, 2020

U.S. Repatriation Emergency and Group Processing Form - RR-01

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Emergency and Group Repatriation Financial Form

January 8, 2020

The Emergency and Group Repatriation Financial Form: Expenditure Statement for Reimbursement form (RR-02) should be completed by the state designated agency and ACF authorized support agency to request reimbursement of reasonable and allowable costs incurred as a result of (1) ACF activation of the State Emergency Repatriation Plan (SERP), or (2) ACF interagency agreement, or similar mechanism, in support of an emergency or group repatriation.

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U.S. Repatriation Loan Waiver and Deferral Request Form

January 8, 2020

The Repatriation Loan Waiver and Deferral Request Form (Form RR-03) is to be completed by individuals who have received temporary assistance through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Repatriation Program, and want to request a waiver or deferral of their repatriation loan.

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U.S. Repatriation Program Non-Emergency Monthly Financial Statement Form

January 8, 2020

The Non-Emergency Monthly Financial Statement Form  will be used by the state agency and/or authorized ACF providers to report expenditures and claim reimbursement for assistance furnished to individual repatriation cases referred by ACF or its grantee in the United States (U.S.) contingent to the provisions found under the Public Law 86-571 and/or Public Law 87-64, as amended, and policies issued thereunder.

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U.S. Repatriation Program Privacy and Repayment Agreement Form

January 8, 2020

All financial, medical, transportation and other temporary assistance provided through the repatriation program must be repaid, unless a waiver is granted by an authorized HHS officer. Form RR-05 requires recipients to acknowledge privacy and repayment obligations.

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U.S. Repatriation Program Refusal of Temporary Assistance Form

January 8, 2020

Refusal of Temporary Assistance Form (Form RR-06) allows citizens to opt out of receiving temporary assistance after being provided with information about the U.S. Repatriation Program in connection with their return to the United States.

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U.S. Repatriation Program Temporary Assistance and Extension Request Form

January 8, 2020

The  U.S. Repatriation Program Temporary Assistance and Extension Request Form (RR-07) allows individuals with an open repatriation case who are determined to be handicapped in attaining self-support or self-care for such reasons as age, disability, and lack of educational preparation as defined by 45 CFR 211 & 212 to request additional time for repayment of repatriation services.

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U.S. Repatriation Program Emergency and Group Repatriation State Request for Federal Support Form

April 14, 2020

States activated by OHSEPR for emergency repatriation use form RR-08 to request assistance from the federal government.

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