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LGBT Resources and Information

State Letter 15-06
June 18, 2015

ORR issues this State Letter in recognition of LGBT Pride Month and provides resources and information.

ORR discusses the Central American Minors Program or CAM program and explains the eligibility for ORR benefits and services of children entering the U.S. under the Program.

Both Afghan Special Immigrants admitted to the U.S. under Section 602, Division F, Pub. L. No. 111-08, and tunder Section 1059 of the NDAAare eligible for 8 months of ORR benefits and services from date of entry or date of adjustment if applying domestically.

Stipulates that Iraqi/Afghan Special Immigrants are eligible for ORR benefits/services up to 8 months rather than 6 months from date of admission to U.S. Supersedes State Letter # 08-04.

This State Letter provides information regarding current SSA verification procedures for refugees, asylees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, and victims of a severe form of trafficking.

Clarifies that SSA will use the Department of State (DOS) Refugee Data Center (RDC) for refugees applying for SSN when SSA cannot verify refugee status through an online Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlement (SAVE) query. 

ORR is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, asylees will be eligible for refugee assistance and services beginning on the date that they are granted asylum.

ORR is issuing this State Letter to ensure that eligible populations are not denied ORR-funded assistance and services because they have not yet received social security numbers.

ORR asks agencies to use the process outlined in this State Letter to determine eligibility for Refugee Resettlement Program benefits.

ORR commends its grantees for their efforts and asks them to re-commit to ensuring that Low English Proficiency persons receive appropriate, meaningful language assistance.