MVRCR Resettlement Program Assists with Lautenberg Resettlement Applications


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MVRCR Resettlement Program Assists with Lautenberg Resettlement Applications for Religious Minorities from the Former Soviet Union


The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees in conjunction with their affiliate Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) through the U.S. Department of State has begun accepting new applications for the Lautenberg Program for individuals who are religious minorities from the Former Soviet Union and Iran.

 The Lautenberg Amendment is signed into Federal law each year that allows U.S. Citizens, Legal Permanent Residents, refugees and asylees and who are at least 21 years of age or married to apply for family members to reunify in the United States as refugees.

Applications for the Lautenberg Program can be submitted for individuals currently residing in Armenia, Azerbijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakstan, Kyrgystan, Latvia, Lithuaia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Iran.

For individuals from the Former Soviet Union, this includes spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren of the U.S. Tie; who meet the criteria of religious minorities, including those of the Jewish faith, Evangelical Christians, Ukranian Catholics, Baptists, members of the Ukranian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Primary applicants overseas must be at least 18 years old or married.

 For individuals from Iran, requirements for applying include that the Primary applicant currently resides in Iran and is a religious minority from the Baha’i Christian, Jewish, Mandean, or Zoroastrian faiths.

 The Department of State, via Resettlement Support Centers (RSCs) Eurasia and Austria, will now accept new applications that are postmarked by September 30, 2018. MVRCR  must receive your applications by the 08/30/2018 in order to ensure that we can get them to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service in time.

For more information about the Lautenberg Program or to schedule an appointment to begin the application process; please contact Pavel Brutsky by email at or by phone at 315-738-1083 ext. 133.

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