U.S. Refugee Resettlement Processing - Resettlement Support Center (RSC)

In 2007, IOM was awarded the contract from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration to operate the South Asia Resettlement Support Center. RSC South Asia oversees U.S. Refugee Admissions Program cases in five countries: Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. RSC South Asia is responsible for applicant files from the point of referral by UNHCR or another agency to departure to the U.S. RSC South Asia has79 staff dedicated to conducting interviews, counseling applicants, managing security checks, supporting the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers who determine whether individuals are eligible to enter the U.S., conducting cultural orientation classes, and coordinating with UNHCR and IOM Operations on referrals and departures. From 2007 to January 2014, RSC South Asia oversaw case processing for over 83,200 refugees who entered the U.S. While RSC South Asia works primarily with Bhutanese nationals in Nepal, the office has also resettled to the U.S. refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Egypt, Congo and other countries. Part of the responsibility of RSC South Asia is to coordinate with agencies in the U.S. to ensure arriving refugees are placed in appropriate communities that will assist them in achieving self-sufficiency. More information regarding the USRAP and RSC South Asia can be found on the U.S. State department’s website at: http://www.state.gov/j/prm/ra/c49034.htm. 


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