Refugee Services provide short-term transitional assistance to help refugees become self-sufficient. We offer help finding employment and transportation, and teaching programs such as skill certification and learning English.
The North Carolina Refugee Assistance Program is a short-term transitional program that helps refugees and other eligible recipients become economically self-sufficient. Funding for this program comes from the Office of Refugee Resettlement within the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Refugee Public Assistance
Refugee Public Assistance involves two programs:
- Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA): financial support provided to eligible individuals who participate in employability services in accordance with an Employability Plan.
- Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA): short-term medical insurance program available to eligible individuals in order to stabilize their health shortly after arrival in the US.
Refugee Social Services
- Employment services
- Case management
- Skills recertification
- English language training
- Vocational skills training
- Citizenship and immigration services
- Translation and interpretation services
- Social adjustment services
To be eligible for Refugee Services, you must be one of the following:
- Refugees, individuals fleeing from persecution in their homelands
- Certain Cuban/Haitian Entrants and Parolees
- Certain Amerasians (from Vietnam)
- Victims of Human Trafficking
How to Apply
Apply at your local Department of Social Services.
Refugee Assistance Manual
To find out more about refugee service providers in your area, contact any of the local refugee service providers.
Private-nonprofit service agencies under contract with the state provide specialized services to eligible newcomers.
Admission and Resettlement Process
- The United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) must evaluate you before you are approved for legal and permanent residence in the US.
- The US CIS staff will interview and approve refugees found to have a valid persecution claim. You must go through criminal background checks and health/mental health screening before you are deemed admissible to the US.
- Once refugee status is established, the
- US Department of State (DOS)
- International Organization for Migration (IOM)
- Will arrange for an approved individual’s resettlement in the United States.
- You will continue to receive Refugee services and assistance until you become a US citizen.