How to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits If You’re a Non-Citizen

Author: Guest Blogger Even though that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is a U.S. government run program, you might be surprised to know that even if you are a refugee, you could still qualify for Social Security benefits. The SSA gives out monthly benefits for people who cannot work due to a disability. The two … More How to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits If You’re a Non-Citizen

A Refugee Youth Remembers the Night He Fled & Now Has Dreams to Fly

Author: Dieudonne, Unaccompanied Refugee Minor My journey began 14 years ago when I was 3 years old. I was living in DRC Congo with my grandparents. Both my parents had died. There were always wars going on. There was always shooting. It was never safe. One night, we were inside the house. People broke in. … More A Refugee Youth Remembers the Night He Fled & Now Has Dreams to Fly

History of Major Immigration and Refugee Policy in the U.S.

By Kristin Nolan, Guest Blogger Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command … More History of Major Immigration and Refugee Policy in the U.S.

Trump Administration Reduces Refugee Cap to 30,000, a Record Low

Dear Friends: Today, the White House announced a sharp reduction in the number of refugees who can be resettled in the United States. The Trump Administration has set a cap of 30,000 refugee admissions for FY19, a 33% reduction from last year when the cap was set at 45,000 individuals. Of the 45.000 cap set … More Trump Administration Reduces Refugee Cap to 30,000, a Record Low

Why is the Presidential Determination Number so Important?

Author: Harley Dority, Guest Blogger Refugee Council USA releases a report to breakdown the number of refugees admitted to the United States every month. While the number of refugees permitted to enter the US this year is 45,000, we have resettled far fewer. According to the report, we should have resettled at least 37,500 refugees by … More Why is the Presidential Determination Number so Important?

Special Immigrant Visa: Employment Based

By, Kristin Nolan, Guest Blogger An SIV Visa, or a Special Immigrant Visa, is a special category of immigration visa that applies to three categories of persons: 1) Afghans and Iraqis who have served overseas alongside American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq; 2) religious workers; and 3) those seeking employment-based visas with special circumstances. Current … More Special Immigrant Visa: Employment Based

Special Immigrant Visa: Religious Worker

By, Kristin Nolan, Guest Blogger An SIV Visa, or a Special Immigrant Visa, is a special category of immigration visa that applies to three categories of persons: 1) Afghans and Iraqis who have served overseas alongside American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq; 2) religious workers; and 3) those seeking employment-based visas with special circumstances. Current … More Special Immigrant Visa: Religious Worker

Explanation of Military Special Immigrant Visa (SIV)

By, Kristin Nolan, Guest Blogger An SIV Visa, or a Special Immigrant Visa, is a special category of immigration visa that applies to three categories of persons: 1) Afghans and Iraqis who have served overseas alongside American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq; 2) religious workers; and 3) those seeking employment-based visas with special circumstances. Current … More Explanation of Military Special Immigrant Visa (SIV)

The Power of a Positive Spirit: Mewael’s Journey

When Mewael was 19 years old, he was in a car accident with some of his college friends. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Then, he was called into Ethiopia’s mandatory draft. He fled for his survival. This spring, 23-year-old Mewael was accepted as a refugee to the United States of America. … More The Power of a Positive Spirit: Mewael’s Journey