The U.S. Repatriation Program was established in 1935 under Section 1113 of the Social Security Act to provide temporary assistance to private U.S. citizens and their dependents identified by the Department of State (DOS) as having returned from a foreign country to the United States because of destitution, illness, war, threat of war, or a similar crisis, and are without available resources.
Who administers this program?
The Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the domestic lead for the U.S. Repatriation Program.
Who is eligible for this program?
Eligible repatriates are U.S. citizens or their dependents identified by DOS as having returned or been brought from a foreign country to the United States due to destitution, illness, war, the threat of war or similar crisis, and do not have resources immediately accessible.
What services are available to eligible U.S. citizens and their dependents upon arrival in the United States?
Temporary assistance is defined by Section 1113 of the Social Security Act as money payments, medical care, temporary billeting (e.g., public shelter), transportation, and other goods and services necessary for the health or welfare of individuals (including guidance, counseling, and other welfare services) provided to eligible repatriates within the United States.
How does the federal government coordinate emergency repatriation response operations?
OHSEPR leads federal emergency repatriation planning and operations under the U.S. Repatriation Program. OHSEPR uses the 2021 National Emergency Repatriation Framework (NERF) to align emergency planning and operations.
The NERF incorporates the guiding principles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to ensure flexibility, standardization, and unity of effort. It also enhances coordination during emergency repatriation operations that support the return of large numbers of U.S. citizens and their dependents after they are returned to the United States by the Department of State.
Where can I find more information?
The U.S. Repatriation Fact Sheet provides an overview of the program, eligibility criteria, and services provided.
An OHSEPR infographic, the FY2020 U.S. Repatriation Program Snapshot, demonstrates how the program helped over 800 individuals repatriate to the United States and gain access to shelter, medical care, cash assistance, transportation and food.
Additional information is available on the OHSEPR U.S. Repatriation Program FAQs web page.