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 and overseas US embassy operations. Please check the DOS's page for specific country information.

Repatriation Forms

Last Reviewed: June 22, 2020

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