20 March 2020
The U.S. Government and the Resettlement Support Centre (RSC) Eurasia, operated by IOM Ukraine, are dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of refugee applicants and our staff around the world who support the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). IOM and UNHCR have released a joint statement on the suspension of resettlement activities around the world due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Given current global travel restrictions, all refugee travel is cancelled from March 19 until further notice. The RSC or IOM will be in touch with you about next steps for your case. This may take a while, so we appreciate your patience.
Anyone still booked to travel risks having their travel cancelled closer to that date as we monitor the situation. Therefore, we advise you to not make any final plans for travel until your flight and any related travel to the point of departure have been confirmed by the RSC or IOM close to your departure date. Please avoid taking irreversible actions such as selling your furniture, obtaining government exit documents (if applicable), and vacating your home in order to prevent difficulties for you and your family if you are unable to travel on your scheduled flight. We also advise you to follow all health and safety recommendations issued by the local authorities and IOM. For the latest information regarding COVID-19 and how to best protect yourself and your family, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
The RSC is continuing to operate at reduced levels, and has temporarily postponed any in-person processing and appointments for the safety of staff and refugee clients. Please check back here again for general updates on USRAP processing and RSC operations. As updates for your specific case become available, we will inform you. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us if you have updates or questions about your case. As the volume of inquiries may be high, there may be delays and we kindly ask for your patience in addressing non-urgent matters.
It is also important for you to remember that the USRAP remains free of charge and applicants should not engage with anyone who is asking you to pay or provide services for information or a change in status on your case. Please report any instances of fraud or abuse to the RSC’s confidential email box at: FraudRSCEurasia@iom.int
Thank you for your understanding.
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