Important Dates

December 18, 2015
The Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act enacted, establishing the USVSST Fund.

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July 14, 2016
The Special Master published the Notice in the Federal Register, and the USVSST Fund began accepting applications.
October 12, 2016
The filing deadline for claims from U.S. persons with final judgments obtained before the Notice’s publication in the Federal Register on July 14, 2016, and those who qualified as an Iran hostage, or spouse or child thereof.
December 1, 2016
The last day to file applications for consideration for the Special Master’s authorization of initial payments by December 19, 2016.
December 9, 2016
The last day to correct any deficiencies in applications for consideration for the Special Master’s authorization of initial payments.
December 19, 2016
The statutory deadline for the Special Master to authorize initial payments.
February 10, 2017
Claimants authorized to receive initial payments were notified of their award payment amounts.
March 10, 2017
The USVSST Fund began issuing initial payments on a rolling basis.
September 14, 2018
The last day for new claimants to file applications for consideration for the Special Master’s authorization of second-round payments by January 1, 2019.
December 13, 2018
Claimants authorized to receive second-round payments were notified of their award payment amounts.

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January 1, 2019
The statutory deadline for the Special Master to authorize the second-round payments on a pro rata basis to claimants with eligible claims.
January 2, 2019
The USVSST Fund began issuing second-round payments on a rolling basis.
September 13, 2019
Deadline prior to the enactment of the Clarification Act for new claimants to file applications for consideration for the Special Master’s authorization of third-round payments.
November 21, 2019
United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund Clarification Act enacted.
February 19, 2020

Deadline under the Clarification Act for the following U.S. persons to submit applications for third-round payments:

  • Eligible claimants with a final judgment entered after September 13, 2019. Applications from these claimants must have been submitted no later than 90 days after the date of obtaining the final judgment or by February 19, 2020, whichever came first, in order to be considered for the third-round distribution.
  • 9/11 victims, 9/11 spouses, or 9/11 dependents with final judgments entered before November 21, 2019, who did not previously submit an application to the USVSST Fund.
  • Hostages taken from the United States embassy in Tehran, Iran, during the period beginning November 4, 1979, and ending January 20, 1981, who did not have an eligible claim before November 21, 2019.

Complete Application Forms must have been postmarked (if by U.S. mail) or received (if submitted online or by facsimile or email) by February 19, 2020.

May 19, 2020
The statutory deadline under the Clarification Act for the Special Master to authorize third-round payments, which replaced the prior January 1, 2020 deadline.
January 2, 2030
The USVSST Fund sunsets.

Application Deadline: Although the deadline to submit applications for third-round payments has passed, the USVSST Fund is still accepting applications to be considered for future payment rounds, the timing of which will depend on the availability of funds. Claimants must submit applications not later than 90 days after the date of obtaining the final judgment.

Applications must include all required documentation, including the final judgment. Applicants must submit any requests for a waiver of a documentation requirement or an extension of time in which to submit a particular document to the Special Master in writing at least 20 business days prior to the application deadline. The requirement to submit a final judgment by the application deadline cannot be waived.