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USRAP (United States Refugee Admissions Program)

USRAP, short for United States Refugee Admissions Program, is a project of the U.S. government. The aim of the programme is to facilitate refugees the resettlement to the United States. IOM is one of the partner organization involved in the programme assisting refugees from third countries that meet the criteria of the U.S. refugee program in the onward journey to the USA. The IOM office in Nuremberg cooperates with the Visa Department of the American Consulate in Frankfurt where the applications are processed.



SMAP (Special Migrants Assistance Program) 

Due to the large number of flight reservations made by IOM, the organization is in a position to obtain reasonable airfares from airlines and travel agencies for one-way tickets. Therefore, IOM offers reduced fares to all migrnats as well as their dependants and other persons accompanying them, who are not eligible to receive direct assistance through the REAG/GARP Programme. These special fares are also available to migrants in possession of a permanent visa e.g. for Canada and Australia, German employees holding a work contract and students.

The airfare costs have to be transferred to the IOM account prior to departure or, a cost coverage guarantee has to be presented to IOM by a social welfare office, aliens' office or NGO.


Family Tracing Project 

The Family Tracing project is implemented by the IOM Mission in Rome on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs and in cooperation with the Italian Committee for unaccompanied foreign minors.

The aim of the project is to make a decision if minors in Italy meet the criteria for potential family reunification in Germany. IOM in Germany supports the IOM Mission in Italy by leading personal interview with the family members in Germany, preparing reports and an assessment of a possible family reunification. In some cases, a DNA test is carried out. 



Family reunion

In the context of subsequent immigration of spouse and minors to Germany, IOM Nuremberg in cooperation with the respective IOM mission of the country of origin assists with the organization of flights and required exit permits. IOM does not support the family reunion financially. Family members in Germany either have to cover all incidental travel expenses on their own or can apply for financial support at another institution. On inquiry, IOM can request an estimate of the travel expenses at the IOM mission of the country of origin which then can be passed on to the donor. The IOM mission of the country of origin will be informing the travelers about modalities concerning the departure and will be checking the corresponding visa. Subject to presentation of all required visa and once the full coverage of all cost is guaranteed, can a flight booking be processed. 


For further information please contact:

Regine Luksch    
Tel: + 49 911 4300 159