Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program Application, and Withdrawal of Application or Declination of Placement Form

ICR 202206-0970-012

OMB: 0970-0550

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0970-0550 202206-0970-012
Received in OIRA 202110-0970-009
Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program Application, and Withdrawal of Application or Declination of Placement Form
No material or nonsubstantive change to a currently approved collection   No
Regular 06/24/2022
  Requested Previously Approved
08/31/2023 08/31/2023
380 380
531 531
0 0

The Refugee Act of 1980, Pub. L. No. 96-212, 8 U.S.C. 1522, amended the Immigration and Nationality Act to create a domestic refugee resettlement program that provides assistance and services to refugees resettling in the United States. With the enactment of this legislation, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) established comprehensive requirements for a State-administered refugee resettlement program including child welfare services to unaccompanied refugee minors. The Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) Program currently operates in 15 States and provides the same range of child welfare benefits and services available to other foster children in those States as well as services required by ORR regulation and policy guidance. Originally, the URM Program provided services for refugee minors arriving from overseas unaccompanied by a parent or adult relative. Over the years Congress passed laws making other special populations already in the United States eligible for the URM Program. A completed URM Program Application must be submitted to ORR for eligibility determination, initiation of placement efforts, and approval to enter the URM Program. The URM Program Application is completed on behalf of unaccompanied minors in the United States who are applying for entry into the URM Program. Applications are completed by case managers, attorneys, or other representatives working with minors who are eligible for the URM Program. The application includes biographical data and comprehensive information on the minor and his/her needs (e.g., placement history, family reunification efforts, medical needs, mental and behavioral health needs, etc.). ORR uses the information collected to determine a minor’s eligibility for the URM Program, and to facilitate placement in the program. The application information is also used to provide a recommendation to the ORR Director to approve the minor to enter the URM Program. The Withdrawal of Application or Declination of Placement Form is completed when a minor who has submitted an application for the URM Program wishes to withdraw this application before approval to enter the program, or if the minor has been offered placement and wishes to decline the placement. This form serves as official record for ORR to cease placement efforts, or to offer the proposed placement to another eligible applicant. The House and Senate passed the continuing resolution (CR) in late September 2021. For the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the CR authorizes the eligibility of Afghan parolees to receive services and benefits to the same extent as refugees. This includes making Afghan unaccompanied children eligible for the URM Program. Current OMB approved forms for the URM program have already been collecting immigration status/category and eligibility types for eligible minors. There is no existing option available to accurately capture the newly authorized immigration status/category or eligibility type for Afghan unaccompanied children. ORR is requesting to add the “Afghan Humanitarian Parolee” option to the existing list of Eligibility Type and Immigration Status/Category of the OMB approved forms for URM program.

US Code: 8 USC 1522(d) Name of Law: Refugee Act of 1980

Not associated with rulemaking

  85 FR 11997 02/28/2020
85 FR 31783 05/27/2020

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 380 380 0 0 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 531 531 0 0 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
The proposed revisions to each form are minimal from the last OMB approval (previously approved under OMB #0970-0498, expiration 7/31/2020). Certain terms on the forms were changed to improve clarity for respondents. ORR is currently seeking a new OMB number specific to these forms, as they were previously approved as part of another information collection package for ORR’s Unaccompanied Alien Children’s program.

Molly Buck 202 205-4724 [email protected]


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