USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Information for Employers on Hiring Refugees

Refugee workers improve your bottom line.  Strengthened by adversity, refugees make capable, resilient, and loyal employees.  USCRI’s partner agencies all over the United States can match your business with the perfect refugee employee(s)!  Our partner agencies offer comprehensive services that ensure employer satisfaction and high employee retention rates.  Best of all, services are FREE.

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USCRI resettlement agencies help employers by:

  • Pre-screening applicants to find the most qualified workers
  • Matching employers with dependable employees
  • Providing a consistent source of reliable workers
  • Increasing productivity by reducing turnover
  • Managing external factors so that employees can focus on work at work
  • Ensuring that refugees have access to English classes
  • Facilitating communication between the employee and employer
  • Following up to ensure satisfaction

Why hire refugees? 

Skills: Refugees showcase a variety of employable skills.  Refugees are doctors, nurses, small business owners, farmers, construction workers, graphic designers, tailors, cooks, and more.  Most refugees speak several languages.  Some refugees hold Master's Degrees; others are expert farmers and artisans.  If you're looking for a skilled employee, USCRI can match you with a qualified refugee.

Strong work ethic, high retention rates: Refugees who come to the United States want to regain self-sufficiency and economic stability for their families.  Strengthened by their experiences, they make capable, resilient, and loyal employees.

Built-in retention support: Local resettlement agencies manage external factors so that employees can focus on work at work.  Agencies provide holistic services to refugees so that child care, transportation, and other barriers to employment are addressed before the job begins.
 
Positive economic and community impact: Refugees are new Americans and they contribute to the economy by spending locally, living locally, and paying taxes.  Hiring refugees promotes self-sufficiency by strengthening families and communities.  They are hard-working, loyal employees who will improve your bottom line, while improving their own lives.

Tax incentives: Some businesses qualify for tax incentives when they hire resettled refugees.  For more information, visit the Department of Labor website or talk to your local DOL representative.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are refugees work authorized?
Absolutely!  Refugees are authorized to work in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security and their work authorization does not expire.  Resettled refugees are eligible to become citizens of the United States after five years.

Do refugees speak English?
Some refugees are fluent in English, others attend daily English classes.  If you hire an English language learner, agencies will provide support to ensure smooth communication.  English language learners are known by businesses all over the United States as fast learners and dependable employees.  USCRI's partner agencies also ensure that resettled refugees have access to English classes, which are flexible according to students’ work schedules.

What is a refugee?
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence.  Refugees flee their countries to save their lives.  Refugees differ from other immigrants in that they do not have the choice to remain in their home country.  The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement partner with agencies like USCRI to resettle refugees in cities all over the country with the goals of self-sufficiency and personal stability.

Many refugees have high levels of education and are multi-lingual.  All refugees have valuable skills that they bring to the workplace.  Refugees are doctors, nurses, small business owners, farmers, construction workers, graphic designers, tailors, cooks, and more.


Take advantage of USCRI’s extensive staffing, training, and retention services TODAY!  Find a local agency in our National Network >>

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