The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is thrilled to announce the launch of Virtual Reception and Placement (VR&P). This groundbreaking initiative offers a virtual alternative to the traditional, in-person Reception and Placement (R&P) program. VR&P seeks to alleviate capacity constraints on local resettlement offices and simultaneously expand the U.S.’s ability to welcome refugees. Currently, VR&P is serving “walk-in” SIVs, and is staffed by virtual case managers who speak English, Arabic, Dari and Pashto.

In March 2022, the IRC, in partnership with the Department of State’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), launched a brand-new virtual case management program, the Virtual Afghan Placement and Assistance (VAPA) program. Building on the success of this award-winning and innovative program model, the International Rescue Committee’s launch of the VR&P program is the first ever of its kind. Through the program, clients will receive multiple services including assistance applying for benefits; assistance enrolling children in school; referrals to job readiness and English language classes; and direct per-capita financial assistance to cover household needs. This program will provide case management services to 3,000 individuals, implementing Reception & Placement in a virtual setting.

Hans Van de Weerd, Senior Vice President for Resettlement, Asylum and Integration with the International Rescue Committee, said:  

“The Virtual Reception and Placement program will provide essential case management for new SIV arrivals through a pioneering virtual model. Through the virtual model, clients will be able to receive services anywhere in the U.S., making it an important resource for families and individuals who may not be able to access a resettlement office. This groundbreaking program will scale up capacity to meet the needs of today’s resettlement program and ensure that SIVs are fully supported in their new homes.”

Potential VR&P clients in the United States can contact the program by calling (201) 733-2748 or emailing [email protected], Monday-Friday between 9am-7pm EST. If applicable, callers will be referred to in-person services at local resettlement agencies pending capacity and eligibility. For more information, please visit our website.

VR&P activities conducted under this agreement are paid for, in part, through financial assistance provided by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration.