ORR Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) Policy Guide: Record of Posting and Revision Dates

Publication Date: September 21, 2021

Section Title

Original Posting Date

Dates of Revision/Revision Description

Introduction

10/17/2016

09/21/2021: Replaced “other special populations of youth” with “other eligible populations of children and youth.” Inserted “foreign born” to the phrase “making other [foreign born] populations eligible.” Expanded explanation of how URM program is 21/2021administered through states and replacement designees and included the role of resettlement agencies. Updated range of ages potentially eligible for URM services, added in the range of services “as well as additional unique services designed to address cultural, linguistic, and religious needs, as required by ORR regulations” with a reference to footnote number 2, added footnote number 3, and replaced “independent living services” with “transition to adulthood services.” Added definitions and a section on Administration.

Section 1: Eligibility for the URM Program and the Application Process

10/17/2016

09/21/2021: Added overview and description of three ways youth enter the program.

1.1 Eligible Populations

10/17/2016

09/21/2021: Added codes to acceptable documentation list; added to C/H Entrant: “Notice of Appeal from a decision of an immigration judge”; added note that legible copies of acceptable documentation may be submitted as proof of status.

1.2 Eligibility Requirements

10/17/2016

09/21/2021: Deleted “After reviewing all relevant documentation, the Director of ORR may waive this eligibility requirement in cases of family breakdown if appropriate care for the refugee minor is not available through the local protective system or other resource”; added requirements 4 and 5.

1.3 Application Process

10/17/2016

09/21/2021: Added footnote VII.

 

1.3.1 How to Submit an Application to the URM Program

10/17/2016

09/21/2021: Revised heading; Added reference to RADS; Removed paragraph on allowing an assister to request a reconsideration of a denial for URM placement by the ORR Director.  Moved other content to Section 1.3.3 to sync with chronology of process.

1.3.2 Unaccompanied Minors Who Are Exempt from Submitting an Application

10/17/2016

 09/21/2021: Changed heading from “ORR Considerations” and added new content.

1.3.3 ORR’s Review of a URM Application

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

1.4 Age Discrepancies During the Application Process

10/17/2016

09/21/2021: Incorporated 1.4 URM Program Application content into 1.3.2 and 1.3.3. Moved content from 1.5 to new 1.4.; Added “or documentation” to “cultural significance [or documentation] of birthdates.”

1.4.1 Questions About Age During the Application Process

10/17/2016

09/21/2021: Changed heading from 1.5.1 to 1.4.1

1.4.2 Questions about Age after the Application Process

10/17/2016

09/21/2021: Deleted content (original posting was 1.5.2).

1.5 ORR Considerations in Securing an Initial Appropriate Placement

10/17/2016

09/21/2021: Moved content from 1.3.2 to 1.5.

1.5.1 Referral Process

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

1.5.2. Coordinating With LIRS and USCCB to Secure a Placement

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

1.5.3 Coordinating With States Participating in the URM Program to Secure a Placement

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

1.5.4 Placement Assurance

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

1.6 When No Appropriate Placement is Identified

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

1.7 ORR Approval to Enter the URM Program

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

1.8 Transition to the URM Program

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

Section 2: Placement and Capacity

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.1 Standards

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.2 Establishing Legal Responsibility

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.3 Placements

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.3.1 Placement Authority and Roles

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.3.2 Placement Decisions

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.3.3 Consideration of Race, Color, and National Origin

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.3.4 Placement Options

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.3.5 Extension of Foster Care and Access to Supervised Independent Living Placements

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.3.6 Placement Rate Setting and Financial Oversight

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.3.7 Review of Placement

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.3.8 Placement Changes

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.3.9 Return to Care

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.4 Interstate Movement

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.5 Capacity Development

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.5.1 Capacity Development Priorities

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.5.2 Range of Placement

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.5.3 Diligent Recruitment

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.6 State Planning

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.7 Reporting

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.7.1 State Plan

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.7.2 ORR-1

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.7.3 ORR-6

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

2.7.4 ORR-3

09/21/2021

Not Applicable

Section 3: Services

5/17/2019

Not Applicable

3.1 Statement of Goals and Priorities

5/17/2019

Not Applicable

3.2 [Reserved]

5/17/2019

Not Applicable

3.3 Health Coverage and Services

5/17/2019

Not Applicable

3.3.1 Standards

5/17/2019

Not Applicable

3.3.2 URM Health Coverage through Medicaid and CHIP

5/17/2019

Not Applicable

3.3.3 URM Health Coverage through Alternatives to Medicaid and CHIP

5/17/2019

Not Applicable

3.3.4 Reporting

5/17/2019

Not Applicable

3.10 Services and Benefits to Support a Successful Transition to Adulthood

5/17/2019

Not Applicable

3.10.1 Standard

5/17/2019

Not Applicable

3.10.2 URM in Public Custody States

5/17/2019

Not Applicable

3.10.3 URM in Private Custody States

5/17/2019

Not Applicable

3.10.4 Reporting

5/17/2019

Not Applicable

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