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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of State
Office: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2008: In FY08, 60,192 refugees and 666 special immigrant visa recipients were resettled in the United States through nine private non-profit organizations and one State government. Fiscal Year 2009: Data not yet reconciled. Fiscal Year 2010: Estimate not available.
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended and the Refugee Migration and Assistance Act, as amended (MRA).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State governments and 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 OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 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 Procedure
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.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Renewals or extensions require additional approval.
How are proposals selected?
Cooperative agreements are made on the basis of a panel review using evaluation criteria specified in the request for proposal.
How may assistance be used?
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. In FY09, the per capita sum was $900 per refugee. FY10 estimate is not available.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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 OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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.
Other 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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Barbara Day, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), Office of Admissions
2401 E Street NW, L505 , Washington, District of Columbia 20522-0105 Email: DayBJ@state.gov Phone: (202) 663-1052 Fax: (202) 663-1364
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $67,900,000; FY 09 est $90,000,000; and FY 10 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Average: $1,021,203.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All inquiries should be directed to the information contacts listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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