U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

Initial reception and placement program for refugees approved for admission in the United States.

Program objectives include: (1) arranging for refugees' placement by ensuring that approved refugees are sponsored and offered appropriate assistance upon arrival in the United States; (2) providing
refugees with basic necessities and core services during their initial resettlement period in the United States; and (3) promoting refugee self-sufficiency through employment as soon as possible after arrival in the United States in coordination with other refugee service and assistance programs.

Agency - Department of State

The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
The Union For Sustainable Return And Integrations $ 25,000   2015-08-242016-08-30
Catholic Relief Services - United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops $ 25,000   2014-09-302015-09-30
Catholic Relief Services - United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops $ 25,000   2013-09-012014-09-30
Individual Recipient $ 25,000   2011-07-282011-12-31
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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The cooperative agreement provides financial support to partially cover the identified services based on a fixed per capita sum per refugee resettled in the United States.

Allocation of funds is also based on the organization's reported expenses for its headquarters each fiscal year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

private non-profit organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Refugees approved under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program will benefit.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Eligible organizations must submit proposals for the Bureau's consideration via Grants.gov in response to funding opportunity announcements posted by the Bureau on Grants.gov, with Bureau review occurring following the announcement deadline. Organization representatives are also encouraged to communicate directly with Bureau program officers regarding priorities and funding timelines. Organizations that have never received PRM funding must be prepared to demonstrate that their organizations meet the financial and accounting requirements of the U.S. Government before they can be eligible to receive Bureau funding.

Award Procedures

The Assistant Secretary of the Bureau makes funding decisions based on the Director of the Office of Admissions' recommendations for all reception and placement awards and the Comptroller of the Bureau signs the cooperative agreement.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended and the Refugee Migration and Assistance Act, as amended (MRA).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Renewals or extensions require additional approval.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. Organizations are expected to contribute private funds to asist with reception and placement services. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are awarded on a fiscal year basis, October 1 through September 30. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are awarded on a reimbursement basis through a per capita and reported expenses.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

The general performance of the Recipient's operations will be evaluated and monitored to ensure that the established objectives are being successfully met and to determine whether the performance is in compliance with the terms of the award.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. The Recipient will have the U.S. Government Federal funds awarded to it included in an appropriate audit or audits performed by independent public accountants in accordance with U.S. Government Auditing Standards established by the Comptroller General of the United States covering financial audits. In particular, the audit must be able to confirm that reported charges were actually incurred in the amounts reported and that such reported charges were not based on average costs of similar or grouped expenses and that they were not allocated based on shared resources. Specific audit requirements will be written into the grant or cooperative agreement.


The grantee shall maintain a case file for each refugee case unit admitted into the United States as well as comply with all other retention and access requirements for records as set forth in 22 CFR 145.53.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $227,636,918; FY 17 est $227,000,000; and FY 18 est $227,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

All inquiries should be directed to the information contacts listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Barbara Day Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, 2025 E St., NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20522-0908 Email: DayBJ@state.gov Phone: (202) 453-9261

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Cooperative agreements are made on the basis of a panel review using evaluation criteria specified in the request for proposal.

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