Who is Eligible for Benefits and Services?

Individuals must provide acceptable documentation of one of the statuses determined by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to be eligible for MORA benefits and services. You may be eligible for services if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • Admitted to the U.S. as a refugee under Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
  • Granted asylum under Section 208 of the INA
  • Paroled as a refugee or asylee under Section 212(d)(5) of the INA
  • A national of Cuba or Haiti paroled into the U.S., in accordance with the requirements of 45 CFR Part 401
  • An Amerasian from Vietnam admitted to the US pursuant to Section 584 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 1988
  • A victim of a severe form of trafficking certified by the U.S. Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
  • An Iraqi or Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holder
  • An Afghan national who received SI/SQ or Humanitarian Parole, per the Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations Act (ASA)
  • A lawful permanent resident who previously held one of the above statuses

Clients are subject to additional eligibility requirements for certain programs, such as income, length of time in the U.S., age, or household composition. Most MORA programs are limited to clients who have held an eligible immigration status for 5 years or less, per the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 45, Section 400.150.

All clients must verify Maryland residency in an applicable jurisdiction/county to receive services.

Enrollment in MORA programs is subject to provider capacity.