WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement regarding Syrian refugee processing to the United States.

“The ongoing conflict in Syria has resulted in an influx of 3.3 million refugees to the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey. Current law only allows resettlement of limited number of refugees through the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). USRAP does not accept applications directly from the refugees abroad, their families in the U.S., or private organizations. The ONLY mechanism for inclusion in the USRAP is by registering directly with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the country in which the refugees currently reside. Individuals should only trust information about the refugee resettlement program from responsible government entities. In order to obtain the most up-to-date information, I urge the residents of my district to contact my office at (818) 450-2900 or (323) 315-5555.”

There are no fees associated with the UNHCR registration process. Note that refugee resettlements are an arduous and long process and registering with UNHCR and subsequently being referred to USRAP, does not guarantee that the refugee applicant will be approved for resettlement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A list of UNHCR offices abroad can be found at www.unhcr.org/pages/4a324fcc6.html.

According to the U.S. Department of State (DOS), Bureau of Population, Refugee, and Migration, the U.S. has accepted 105 Syrian refugees during Fiscal Year 2014 and 164 thus far during Fiscal Year 2015 (Oct. 1- Dec. 31, 2014).

1 comment
  1. Thank you very much dear Adam, this was a great help for our Community. You should be our State Senator! You have my vote and I will bring thousands of Votes with me! Go Adam Go!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

Azerbaijan Continuing to Acquire More Offensive Weapons from Russia

BAKU — Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signaled his country’s plans to buy…

Armenia Designates Last Saturday of April Citizen’s Day to Mark ‘Velvet Revolution’ Victory

YEREVAN — The Armenian government on Thursday endorsed a bill designating the…

Turkish Intellectuals Who Have Recognized The Armenian Genocide: Mehmet Altan

By Hambersom Aghbashian Prof. Mehmet Altan (born January 11, 1953 in Ankara,…

ACA Participates in California State Armenian Genocide Commemoration Ceremony

SACRAMENTO, CA – Board Members of the Armenian Council of America, along…