How can I hire a refugee if he doesn’t speak English?

Many refugees speak English when they arrive in the United States while others begin taking English classes soon after arrival. It is not uncommon to meet a refugee who speaks several languages while he is also learning English – clearly demonstrating most refugees’ capacity to acquire new languages.

What kinds of skills do refugees and other immigrants bring with them to the U.S.?

Most refugees arrive with many years of work experience, giving American companies access to well-trained workers who are committed to long-term employment. Some have professional training or experience in small business from their home country and almost all have skills that are transferable to a variety of work settings including healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, and construction.

How do you know all your candidates are legally able to work?

All refugees are fully work-authorized. Refugees are not only here legally but are invited and welcomed by the Department of Homeland Security. Each refugee has all documentation required to work and may work immediately upon arrival. After one year, refugees gain permanent residency (green card holder) and can apply for citizenship after 5 years. Other immigrants who access our job seeker services include asylees, special immigrant visa holders, and victims of trafficking. They go through the same rigorous screening and application process of refugees prior to gaining their immigration status.

Specifically, our clients have their I-9 forms and have government-issued documentation in addition to the I-94 (List A document on the I-9 form) that they arrived with.