Employment

Why Hire Refugees?

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants provides some compelling reasons for potential employers. Visit their site at USCRI.

Pre-Employment Orientations for Refugees through Higher Advantage

“Pre-employment orientations are designed to introduce newly arrived refugees to the American workforce. Applying a variety of methods and tools, refugee employment programs equip newcomers with cultural knowledge and skills they need to succeed at their new jobs.”

Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

offers a variety of employment services:

Early Employment Services: The IRC provides vocational counseling, resume preparation, job search and placement services, and financial assistance for basic needs with the goal of helping refugees find their first job in America and achieve early economic self-sufficiency.

Job Readiness Training: Job readiness classes are offered weekly to prepare refugees for the American workplace. The classes provide vocational English language training and simulate different work environments in the hospitality and retail industries. Classes also cover topics such as interview preparation, employee benefits, career development and more.

Financial Education: The Financial Education program helps families learn how to manage money and become responsible consumers. Financial education learning tools and skill building exercises are integrated throughout all IRC programs. This integrative approach leads to economic independence and encourages refugees to apply practical skills such as counting American money, budgeting, paying bills, using coupons, building savings, preparing taxes and more.

Individual Development Accounts: In partnership with the IRC in Phoenix, the Individual Development Accounts program is designed to help refugees save toward their American dream. Program participants open a savings account that can be used to purchase a home, start a small businesses, or help pay for post-secondary education. Accounts are held at local financial institutions and contributions are matched through private and public sources. Concurrently, participants attend financial literacy trainings that focus on practical financial management concepts including how to build good credit.

Micro-Enterprise Development Program: In partnership with the IRC in Phoenix, the Micro-Enterprise Development Program works with refugee entrepreneurs to refine their business plans, assist with zoning and other legal issues, and provide micro-loans to start-up refugee businesses.

Horizons for Refugee Families

provides pre-employment preparation, education as well as job hunting with translator assistance.

Refugee Program Eligibility Guide for Service Providers

Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) about eligibility to work in the U.S.

Recertification and Re-Credentialing of Refugee Professionals

This guide, published by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the Department of Health and Human Services is a comprehensive guide to answer questions about how professionals can work in their fields in the U.S.

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