Interfaith Rise Lingo Explained

Interfaith Rise Lingo Explained

Use this page to learn more about the acronyms associated with refugee resettlement in New Jersey.



IRISE: Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Services and Empowerment

CO: Cultural Orientation

Teaching our new refugee families how to navigate a new country and community

ELL: English Language Learners

For many, English is not a second language but a third, fifth, or even eighth!

MCBOSS: Middlesex County Board of Social Services; Mercer County Board of Social Services

MG: Matching Grant

A program for clients intended to help ORR-eligible people to quickly secure jobs and financial independence upon arrival.

R&P: Reception and Placement

The first 90 days after the arrival of a refugee family

RSS: Refugee Support Services

Available for refugees for the first 5 years after their arrival


Asylee:  An asylee is a person who meets the definition of refugee and is already present in the United States or is seeking admission at a port of entry.

DHS: Department of Homeland Security

EAD: Employment Authorization Document

HHS: Department of Health and Human Services

I-94: Arrival/Departure Record issued by the DHS to aliens who are admitted to the U.S

ORR: Office of Refugee Resettlement

PRM: Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration

Refugee: A refugee is a person outside his or her country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

SIV:  A special immigrant is a person who qualifies for a green card (permanent residence) under the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) special immigrant program.

SIV: Special Immigrant Visa

USCIS: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

USCRI: United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

USRP:  United States Refugee Admissions Program

USRP:  United States Resettlement Program