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Claims Against Foreign Governments

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of State , Office of the Legal Adviser
CFDA #: 19.200

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Initial inquiries relating to property claims should include the following information: (1) the means by which (e.g. birth in the United States, naturalization, etc.) and the date on which, the applicant acquired United States nationality; (2) a description of the property or other basis for the claim; (3) the date on which the applicant acquired ownership of the property; (4) if other than the applicant, the identity and nationality of the owner of the property at the time the claim arose; (5) the identity and nationality of any subsequent owner(s) of the property; (6) the action(s) taken against the property or otherwise giving rise to the claim (including an identification of relevant laws, decrees, governmental agencies and government officials) of a violation of international law, and the date(s) on which such action(s) occurred; (7) the steps taken by the applicant to pursue all local and administrative and judicial remedies in the foreign country; and, (8) the nature and amount of any and all losses to the applicant resulting from the action(s) giving rise to the claim. Initial inquiries relating to death or personal injury claims should include the following information: (1) the means by which (e.g. birth in the United States, naturalization, etc.), and the date on which, the applicant acquired United States nationality, (2) for death claims, the deceased's nationality; (3) for death claims, the relationship of the applicant to the deceased; (4) the date on which, and the circumstances under which, the death or injury occurred (including an identification of the persons, officials or agencies causing the injury or death); (5) for personal injury claims, the nature and extent of the injury suffered; and, (6) the nature and amount of any and all losses to the applicant resulting from the death or injury.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Actual payment in settlement of a claim is generally the responsibility of the foreign government, not the United States. In the case of an espoused claim, the United States government will accept and disburse the funds pursuant to 22 U.S.C 2668a.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.