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​​​​​The U.S. Refugee Program

Refugees are individuals or groups of people in grave danger because their home government is either unwilling or unable to protect them, or may be actively persecuting them. They are from all over the world, from large urban areas to rural refugee camps.

The U.S. government allows certain categories and numbers of refugees to come to the U.S. each year in order to begin a new life. There are many federal agencies involved in that process, including the Department of State, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security.

Once a refugee is granted permission to come to the U.S., and has been granted a legal immigration status, a host of community organizations and state agencies take over the resettlement and acculturation process.

Refugee Resettlement Agencies (RRAs) are contracted by the Department of State to do the initial resettlement. The Resettlement Agencies perform such essential tasks as picking up the refugees at the airport, finding them a place to live and helping to furnish their home with basic necessities. This initial RRA period lasts up to 90 days.

Funding opportunity for culturally responsive organizations

Funding is available for community partners to provide services and support​ to newly arrived Ukrainian Parolees who are eligible for refugee services. Funding application deadline: March 27, 2023

Eligibility and how​​ to apply

The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement provides up to eight months of cash and medical assistance to newly arriving refugees. These federal funds are administered through the states.

Other pr​​ograms

Refugees may be able to receive any other assistance that is offered to U.S. citizens, such as:

States may provide other services beyond the initial eight months, such as assistance with job search, employment, acculturation, English language classes, and citizenship and naturalization help. ​