For Refugees
& Newcomers

U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

What does refugee resettlement in the United States look like?

Are you a refugee or newcomer and wondering what to expect from the refugee resettlement program in the U.S.? Learn more about resettlement in the U.S. and find local resettlement agencies near you.

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Reception and Placement Core Services

The reception and placement (R&P) service period is for the first 90 days of a refugee’s time in the United States. The core services provided during this time are focused towards material needs for survival and for supporting clients as they achieve self-sufficiency. Resettlement agencies and affiliates ensure clients continue to receive information and support for their individualized short and long-term goals.

Refugees will receive support from the affiliates through core services of the following:

  • Housing
  • Financial assistance
  • Cultural orientation
  • Application assistance for food, cash, and medical assistance
  • Application assistance for social security cards
  • Filing an AR-11 Change of Address Form
  • Enrollment in English language programs
  • Enrollment in employment services
  • Creation of a service plan for individualized needs
  • School enrollment for children
  • Health screening appointments
  • Additional social service support