ORR proposes and implements national policy for the refugee resettlement program. We work continually to navigate the growing and challenging mandates of programs that serve many diverse communities. We work with our partners to identify emerging issues, draft regulations, policies and guidance, and respond to legislative, policy, and Congressional inquiries.

You can find policy resources by clicking on the link types on the right or by searching with these keywords:

View ORR’s federal guidance and legislative authority.


Policy Resource Types

Program Policy Guides

ORR Policy Guide: Children Entering the United States Unaccompanied describes policies for the placement, timely release and care of unaccompanied children in ORR custody.

The Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) Program Policy Guide describes policies for refugees and other eligible youth in specialized foster care.

Guidance for Public-Private Refugee Cash Assistance Programs describes how grantees must administer Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programs. [This guidance has been superseded by the following policy letterPL 21-04 Guidance for Public-Private Refugee Cash Assistance Programs.] 

Policy Letters (PL)

Inform states, grantees and other stakeholders of new policy, changes to existing policy or clarifications and interpretations of prior policy affecting ORR programs. 

Dear Colleague Letter (DCL)

Include notifications to states, voluntary agencies, and interested parties about new funding opportunities, state reporting, messages from the ORR Director, and announcements about ORR events.

Unaccompanied Children’s Program Field Guidance

Field Guidance addresses emergency or short term policy goals and is read either to modify or supplement ORR's generally applicable policies and procedures.

Annual ORR Reports to Congress

Annual ORR Reports to Congress

Information Memorandums

Provide basic information about ORR program activities, initiatives, and partnerships with other agencies.

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