Important Dates

Key dates for the fund starting with establishment in December 2015 and sunsetting in January 2039
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January 2, 2039
The USVSST Fund sunsets.
January 1, 2026
If funds are available, the Special Master authorizes additional rounds of payments.
January 1, 2025
The statutory deadline for the Special Master to authorize fifth-round payments.
July 1, 2024
Application deadline for new claimants to be considered for fifth-round payments.
January 28, 2024
Deadline for public comment on the Federal Register notice published by the Government Accountability Office.
New claimants are encouraged to file their Application Form online.
December 28, 2023
The Government Accountability Office (Comptroller General) published a notice in the Federal Register related to proposed lump sum catch-up payments to certain 1983 Beirut Barracks Bombing Victims and 1996 Khobar Towers Bombing Victims.
June 27, 2023
Deadline under the Fairness Act for the following U.S. persons to submit applications:
  • 1983 Beirut barracks bombing victims with final judgments entered before December 29, 2022.
  • 1996 Khobar Towers bombing victims with final judgments entered before December 29, 2022.
April 20, 2023
The USVSST Fund began issuing 9/11‑related lump sum catch‑up payments on a rolling basis.
April 10, 2023
The Special Master notified claimants eligible to receive 9/11‑related lump sum catch‑up payments of their payment amounts, as calculated by the Comptroller General, Government Accountability Office.
January 27, 2023
Updated guidance issued under the Fairness Act.
January 4, 2023
The USVSST Fund began issuing fourth-round payments on a rolling basis.
January 1, 2023
The statutory deadline for the Special Master to authorize fourth-round payments.
December 30, 2022
The Special Master notified claimants authorized to receive fourth-round payments of their award payment amounts.
December 29, 2022
Fairness for 9/11 Families Act (Fairness Act) enacted.
August 1, 2022
The last day for new claimants to file applications for consideration for the Special Master’s authorization of fourth-round payments by January 1, 2023. Complete Application Forms must have been postmarked (if by U.S. mail) or received (if submitted online or by facsimile or email) by August 1, 2022.
August 11, 2021
The Government Accountability Office (Comptroller General) published its report related to estimated lump sum catch-up payments to certain 9/11 victims, 9/11 spouses, and 9/11 dependents.
July 12, 2021
Deadline for public comment on the second Federal Register notice published by the Government Accountability Office.
June 11, 2021
The Government Accountability Office (Comptroller General) published a second notice in the Federal Register related to proposed lump sum catch-up payments to certain 9/11 victims, 9/11 spouses, and 9/11 dependents.
April 26, 2021
Deadline for public comment on the Federal Register notice published by the Government Accountability Office.
March 26, 2021
The Government Accountability Office (Comptroller General) published a notice in the Federal Register related to proposed lump sum catch-up payments to certain 9/11 victims, 9/11 spouses, and 9/11 dependents.
December 27, 2020
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 enacted.
October 22, 2020
The USVSST Fund began issuing third-round payments on a rolling basis.
August 2020
The Special Master notified claimants authorized to receive third-round payments of their award payment amounts.
May 19, 2020
The statutory deadline under the Clarification Act for the Special Master to authorize third-round payments, which replaced the prior third-round deadline.
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.
November 21, 2019
United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund Clarification Act enacted.
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.
January 2, 2019
The USVSST Fund began issuing second-round payments on a rolling basis.
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.
December 13, 2018
Claimants authorized to receive second-round payments were notified of their award payment amounts.
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.
March 10, 2017
The USVSST Fund began issuing initial payments on a rolling basis.
February 10, 2017
Claimants authorized to receive initial payments were notified of their award payment amounts.
December 19, 2016
The statutory deadline for the Special Master to authorize initial payments.
December 9, 2016
The last day to correct any deficiencies in applications for consideration for the Special Master’s authorization of initial payments.
December 1, 2016
The last day to file applications for consideration for the Special Master’s authorization of initial payments by December 19, 2016.
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.
July 14, 2016
The Special Master published the Notice in the Federal Register, and the USVSST Fund began accepting applications.
December 18, 2015
The Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act enacted, establishing the USVSST Fund.
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Application Deadline:

The USVSST Fund continues to accept applications to be considered for future payment rounds, the timing of which will depend on the availability of funds. In general, claimants must submit applications not later than 90 days after the date of obtaining the final judgment, except for those claimants subject to the Fairness Act’s deadline to file applications for payment by June 27, 2023.See also FAQ 1.9 ("What is the last day to file a claim?")