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For Individuals from Former Soviet Union Countries

The Lautenberg Program

The Lautenberg Program is a family reunification program that allows certain individuals legally residing in the United States to bring their family members to the U.S. through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

All applications, called Affidavits of Relationship (AORs), must be processed through a field office of a refugee resettlement agency (RA), such as World Relief Sacramento (WRS). The U.S. Tie (UST) is the individual residing in the US who files the AOR for their family members. The other applicants/members on the AOR are the individuals able to immigrate through the program. The Primary Applicant (PA) is the main applicant abroad who is directly related to the UST. To be eligible, the PA must be 1) a citizen of a country comprising the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and 2) one of the following: Jews, Evangelical Christians (Baptists, Pentecostals, Seventh Day Adventists, and others), Jehovah’s Witnesses, Ukrainian Greek Catholics, and members of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Full eligibility guidelines appear below.

Cost: There is no filing fee associated with these applications.

Application period: World Relief is currently at capacity and is unable to accept more cases for the 2022 Lautenberg Program. Please visit and provide your information if you wish to be notified when the program reopens in 2023.

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