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Fact Sheet
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
Washington, DC
June 28, 2007

Resettlement Program for Iraqis in Jordan with U.S. Government Affiliations

Iraqi asylum seekers in Jordan meeting the criteria listed below may be eligible for resettlement consideration under the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). Interested individuals may initiate their case directly with the U.S. Overseas Processing Entity (OPE) in Amman, Jordan, which is operated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The following individuals (and their immediate family members) may seek access through this direct program:

  • Individuals who worked on a full-time basis as interpreters/translators for the U.S. Government or Multi-National Forces (MNF-I);

  • Locally Employed Staff (LES) engaged by the U.S. Government under the authority of the Chief of Mission or the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA);

  • Surviving immediate family members of interpreters/translators or LES.

Individuals who believe they are at risk or have experienced serious harm as a result of employment/association with the U.S. Government as described above, and wish to be considered for resettlement as refugees in the United States may initiate a case with the USRAP by scheduling an appointment with IOM. Appointments can be made by calling the OPE at +962 6 590 2280 or by sending an email to AmmanInfoCenter@iom.int. When sending an email to the OPE, please include the following required information:

  1.  Full name and date of birth of individual claiming association with the U.S. Government;
  2.  Full names and dates of birth of spouse and minor (under 21 years old) children;
  3.  USG association: Employer’s name (company name or U.S. Government agency), job title, name of immediate supervisor, and dates and location(s) of service;
  4.  Current location and contact information; and
  5.  UNHCR registration number if available.

Initiating a case with the OPE does not guarantee an interview for resettlement in the United States. The first step in the process will be verification of the claimed employment or association. Applicants will be notified by OPE once this verification has been completed to arrange the next steps in the process. Registration for consideration in this program is free of charge to applicants.

Initiating a case with the OPE should not be considered a substitute for registration with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It is extremely important that all Iraqi asylum seekers register with UNHCR.

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