Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Program
Why Hire a Refugee
Major PA Employers of Refugees by Region
Legal Issues in Refugee Employment
Refugee Employment Authorization
Form I-9 and Refugee Employees
Anti-Discrimination Statutes (State and Federal)
Protections from Employment Discrimination for Refugees and Asylees
Information for Prospective Employers
Refugee Employment in PA
On May 11, 2010, USCIS announced a
significant update and redesign of the
Permanent Resident Card (commonly
referred to as the "Green Card"). For
further details and the official fact sheet on this redesign, please view the official
As a means for promoting self-sufficiency and facilitating adjustment to life in the
US, a refugee's placement in a first job shortly after entry is a top priority of the
Federal Government and the Commonwealth.
Refugees are fully authorized by the US Department of Justice to work in the United States, and are eligible to be hired for any position, except those few for
which US citizenship is required. Federally-funded employment services for
refugees, which include educational and other employment-related support services,
are available for a period of five years. Through a variety of services offered by State-wide contractors, refugees are well-prepared for placement into positions which
afford greater compensation and benefits for themselves and their families.
Employers in Pennsylvania have discovered that refugees are able to draw upon their considerable survival skills in making their transition to the
US workforce. Refugees bring with them, as well, a diverse array of vocational skills and technical expertise and great motivation to succeed in building stable lives for
The PA Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) recognizes the importance of building strong relationships with employers, and provides, through its extensive contractor
network, various services to employers as means for facilitating placement, retention and advancement of refugee workers.
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