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State Letter 12-06

Authorized resettlement areas for eligible repatriated U.S. Citizens

Published: June 28, 2012


Subject: U.S. Repatriation Program and authorized resettlement areas

Legal  and Related: Under Section 1113 of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. 1313], and program regulation found at 45 CPR 212.3, in order for ORR to determine whether a person is eligible to receive assistance, the following must apply (a) He/she is citizens of the United States or a dependent of a citizen of the United States; (b) A written statement has been transmitted to ORR or its designee by an authorized official of the Department of State (DOS containing information which identifies the person as having returned, or been brought, from a foreign country to the United States because of the destitution, illness, war, threat of war, invasion, or similar crisis; and (c) while overseas, the person is without resources immediately accessible to meet his/her needs. Under 45 CPR 211.1 and 212.1, the definition of United States only includes the fifty (50) states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Guam.

Purpose: This document provides a list of the U.S. geographical areas where eligible repatriates (U.S. citizens and dependents of U.S. citizens) can receive temporary assistance.

Clarification: For the purpose of the U.S. Repatriation Program (Section 1113 of the Social Security Act [42
U.S.C. 1313]) the term "United States" and/or "state" only includes the fifty (50) states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.   Repatriates will only be eligible to receive assistance within these geographical areas.

Inquiries: All inquiries should be submitted to Lieutenant Elizabeth Russell at:

Lt Elizabeth B. Russell,
Coordinator, HHS Repatriation Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children & Families
370 L'Enfant Promenade SW, Aerospace Building,
8th floor west, Washington, DC 20447  Tel: (202) 401-9246
Email: Elizabeth.russell@acf.hhs.gov

Last Reviewed: May 22, 2019