340:60-1-3. Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP)
(a) Purpose. The RRP purpose is to provide for effective refugee resettlement and to assist refugees to achieve economic self-sufficiency as quickly as possible, per Section 400.1 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations (45 C.F.R. § 400.1.).
(b) Legal basis and funding availability. The Refugee Act of 1980 (Public Law 96-212) provides assistance to refugees, regardless of national origin, to be administered by the states, with up to 100 percent reimbursement from federal funds. Provision of RRP benefits is based on federal fund availability. If federal funding is reduced or terminated, RRP benefits are reduced or terminated accordingly. • 1
(c) Refugee documentation. • 2 A refugee applying for RRP must provide United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) documentation to verify the person's refugee status. Acceptable documentation includes, but is not limited to:
(1) Form I-94, Departure Record;
(2) Form I-551, Legal Permanent Resident Card;
(3) a passport stamped with the classification status;
(4) a T-Visa; or
(5) a letter or order from USCIS or court granting asylum.
(d) Refugee status. The USCIS documentation the applicant provides must show the applicant's status is:
(1) paroled as a refugee or asylee under Section 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA);
(2) admitted as a refugee under Section 207 of the INA;
(3) granted asylum under Section 208 of the INA;
(4) admitted as an Amerasian immigrant from Vietnam under Section 584 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Program Appropriations Act of 1989, as amended;
(5) admitted for permanent residence, provided the person previously held one of the statuses identified in this Section;
(6) a Cuban or Haitian entrant, per requirements in 45 C.F.R Part 401;
(7) an alien and the alien's eligible relatives who are victims of a severe form of trafficking per Section 107(b) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 as reauthorized and amended by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003;
(8) an Iraqi admitted in special immigrant status as defined in Section 101(a)(27) of Title 8 of the United States Code (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(27)), and per Section 1059 of P.L. 109-163, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006, and Section 1244 of P.L. 110-181, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 per Section 525 of Division G of P.L. 110-161, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, and Section 1244 of P.L. 110-181, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008;
(9) an Afghan admitted in special immigrant status as defined per 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(27) and per Section 1059 of P.L. 109-163, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006, Section 602, Division F of P.L. 111-08, the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, per Section 525 of Division G of P.L. 110-161 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009;
(10) an Afghan who receives special immigrant (SI) conditional permanent residence, SI/SQ parole or who is a humanitarian parolee admitted to the United States (U.S.) due to urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit, per Section 2502 of the Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022, P. L. 117-43, as modified by Section 106(3) and 149(a) of the Continuing Appropriations and Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023, P. L. 117-180. Humanitarian parolees paroled into the U.S. between July 31, 2021, through December 16, 2022 are eligible for refugee cash assistance (RCA) and refugee medical assistance (RMA) benefits for 12 months beginning October 1, 2021, or the date the parolee "enters the community" in the U.S., such as when they leave a military base, whichever is later. The latest date humanitarian parolees may receive RCA and RMA benefits is March 31, 2023 or the end of their parole term, whichever is later; or
(11) a Ukrainian citizen or national or person who last habitually resided in Ukraine and received parole per Section 401 of the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022, P.L. 117-128. The parole must occur between February 24, 2022, and September 30, 2023. If after September 30, 2023, the parolee must be the child, spouse, parent, legal guardian, or primary caretaker of a Ukrainian parolee who was paroled between February 24, 2022 and September 30, 2023. • 3
(e) Alien status declaration.
Under penalty of perjury, the applicant declares the alien status of all persons applying for RRP benefits on the application and signs the application. Before adding an additional person to the benefit after certification, this declaration is made on Form 08MP022E, Declaration of Citizenship Status.
The Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlement (SAVE) process is used to verify alien status, per OAC 340:65-3-4(5). • 4
(f) Exclusions from RRP. Persons excluded from participation in RRP are:
(1) resident aliens who did not previously have refugee or asylee status; or
(2) any asylum applicant who has not been granted asylum status.
1. Per the Refugee Act of 1980, "international refugee" means:
(1) a person who is outside the person's country of origin and is unable or unwilling to return to that country due to persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution after such return; and
(2) in specifically designated countries, those persons who are still within their countries of origin who have a well-founded fear of persecution if they remain.
2. (a) The worker codes the alien as a "qualified alien - refugee (F)" in the "citizenship/alien" field of the Family Assistance/Client Services (FACS) Interview Notebook's Household tab when the verification document(s) provided show the alien was:
(1) admitted to the United States (U.S.) under Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) , with an:
(A) I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, or passport with annotation "Section 207" or "refugee";
(B) I-94 showing paroled as a refugee under Section 212(d)(5);
(C) I-551, Permanent Resident Card, coded R8-6, RE6, RE7, RE8, or RE9;
(D) I-571, Refugee Travel Document;
(E) I-730, Approval Letter; or
(F) I-766, Employment Authorization Document coded 274.12(a).12(a)(3), A03, or A04;
(2) certified by the Administration for Children and Families Office of Trafficking in Persons as a victim of a severe form of trafficking on:
(A) an I-94 with a T1 or T2 code; or
(B) a certification letter, eligibility letter, or interim assistance letter. These letters do not expire and can be confirmed by calling (866) 401-5510; and
(3) admitted to the U.S as an Amerasian immigrant under Section 584 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriation Act of 1988 with an:
(A) I-94, passport, or I-551 coded AM1, AM2, AM3, AM6, AM7, or AM8 for Amerasian immigrants;
(B) I-551 coded AM1, AM2, AM3, AM6, AM7, or AM8;
(C) Vietnamese Exit Visa with codes AM-1, AM-2 or AM-3;
(D) Vietnamese passport with codes AM-1, AM-2 or AM-3; or
(E) United States passport with codes AM-1, AM-2 or AM-3.
(b) The worker codes the alien as a "qualified alien – asylee (A)" in the "citizenship/alien" field of the FACS Interview Notebook's Household tab when the verification documents provided show the alien:
(1) was granted asylum under Section 208 of the INA with an:
(A) an I-94 or passport with annotation “Section 208“ or “Asylee”;
(B) an asylum approval letter from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or a court order granting asylum;
(C) an I-551 coded AS6, AS7, AS8;
(D) an I-571;
(E) an I-766 coded 274a.12(a)(5) or A5;
(F) written decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals; or
(G) I-730 Approval Letter; and
(2) is a Cuban or Haitian entrant with:
(A) an I-94 with annotation "Cuban-Haitian Entrant" or any notation indicating "parole" on or after October 10, 1980;
(B) an I-551 coded CU6, CU7, or CH6;
(C) an Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status, stamped by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR);
(D) an I-589, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal, for a Cuban who does not have a final, non-appealable, and legally enforceable order of removal, deportation or exclusion entered;
(E) an I-766 coded C08;
(F) a Cuban or Haitian passport with a §212(d)(5) stamp dated on or after October 10, 1980; or
(G) another applications for relief that were date stamped by EOIR.
(c) The worker codes a Cuban or Haitian asylum seeker with "qualified alien – deportation withheld (D)" in the citizenship/alien field of the FACS Interview Notebook Household tab when the verification document provided is:
(1) Form I-122, Notice to Applicant Detained for a Hearing Before an Immigration Judge;
(2) Form I-220A, Order of Release on Recognizance;
(3) Form 1-221, Order to Show Cause and Notice of Hearing;
(4) Form I-221S, Order to Show Cause;
(5) I-485 date stamped by EOIR showing the Cuban or Haitian is the subject of removal, exclusion or deportation proceedings;
(6) I-589 date stamped by the EOIR showing the Cuban or Haitian is subject of removal, deportation or exclusion proceedings;
(7) I-766 showing code C10 that means an application for suspension of deportation/cancellation of removal was submitted to DHS or EOIR;
(8) Form I-862, Notice to Appear;
(9) EOIR-26, Notice of Appeal from a Decision of an Immigration Judge, date stamped by the Board of Immigration Appeals; or
(10) another documentation pertaining to an applicant's removal, exclusion or deportation proceedings.
(d) The worker codes the alien with a "special immigration status – Iraqi (I)" or "special immigration status – Afghan (U)" in the "citizenship/alien" field of the FACS Interview Notebook's Household tab when the verification documents provided show the alien is an Iraqi or Afghan with:
(1) an Iraqi or Afghan passport or I-94 with an immigrant visa stamp noting the person is classified under immigrant visa category SI1 or SQ1, SI2 or SQ2, or SI3 or SQ3;
(2) I551 with an immigrant visa code SI6 or SQ6, SI7 or SQ7, or SI9 or SQ9.
(3) I-94 noting SI or SQ parole, per Section 602(B)(1) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act and Sec 1059(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act or humanitarian parole, per Section 212(d)(5)(A) of the INA;
(4) I-551 or foreign passport with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) admission stamp noting that the individual was classified under immigrant visa category CQ1, CQ2 or CQ3,
(5) DHS, CBP, or DHS United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) temporary Form I-551, Alien Documentation Identification and telecommunication stamp; or
(6) foreign passport with DHS or CBP admission stamp noting:
(A) Operation Allies Refuge or "OAR";
(B) Operation Allies Welcome or "OAW"; or
3. Acceptable verification includes:
(1) I-94, noting humanitarian parole per Section 212(d)(5) of INA or Section 8(d)(5) of Title 8 of the United States Code;
(2) a foreign passport noting "Uniting for Ukraine" or "U4U," "Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolee" or "UHP," or "DT;" or
(3) I-766, Employment Authorization Document, with code "C11."
4. Refugees who inquire about changing their alien status to legal permanent resident contact USCIS, 4400 SW 44 St, Suite A, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73119.