Repatriation Program

The Repatriation Program provides temporary assistance, in the form of a loan, to qualified U.S. citizens and their dependents. Recipients must be identified by the U.S. Department of State as having returned from a foreign country because of destitution, illness, war, invasion, or similar crisis, or are without resources. The purpose is to provide temporary assistance to those who experience unexpected and unavoidable problems abroad and to help them resume their lives in the United States.

Non-Emergency Repatriation

Mentally Incompetent: Any U.S. citizen, U.S. National or a dependent of a U.S. citizen who has been assessed overseas to be mentally ill. In most cases the person would be repatriated under a Certificate of Incompetence.

Unaccompanied Minor: Children under the age of 18, not in the care of their parents or another adult legally designated to care for them. The minor child will be repatriated when he or she has been abandoned, when a parent dies while traveling abroad; or when the parent is arrested, incapacitated, or otherwise unable or unwilling to provide care for a child. Minors also will be provided service through the Repatriate Program when identified for deportation.

Individual Repatriation: Individual repatriation serves individuals or families in need of assistance upon arrival to the United States.

Emergency Repatriation

Group Emergency: Group repatriation allows for evacuation of 50 to 500 U.S. citizens and dependents from overseas due to war, threat of war, and other overseas crisis.

Emergency Repatriation: Emergency repatriation allows for the evacuation of 500 or more U.S. citizens from overseas due to war, threat of war, and other overseas crisis.


Training is available through the International Social Services website and includes the following webinars.



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HHSC Repatriation Coordinator Contact Information

For questions about the Repatriation Program, contact Gabriel Garcia at 512-945-4108 or email