The United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) Consultation & Worldwide Processing Priorities
Every year, immigration law requires that Executive Branch officials:
Following consultations (discussions) with cabinet representatives and Congress, a determination is drafted for signature by the President. The Presidential Determination establishes the overall admissions levels and regional allocations of all refugees for the upcoming fiscal year.
No refugees may be admitted in the new fiscal year until the Presidential Determination has been signed.
Annually, processing priorities (for definition see the “Glossary” link to the right) are established to determine which of the world’s refugees are of special humanitarian concern to the United States. Fulfilling a processing priority enables a refugee applicant the opportunity to interview with a USCIS officer, but does not guarantee acceptance.
Refugees must generally be outside their country of origin, but we can process some individuals in their home countries if authorized by the President.
United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) Partners & their Roles
The following agencies are involved in this effort:
Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/08/2013
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