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Tip Sheet: Employment Information Regarding Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Holders and Parolees

Author(s): U.S. Department of Justice Immigrant & Employee Rights Section Civil Rights Division (DOJIER)
Date: October 29, 2021
Topic(s): Employment
Subtopic(s): Employment Rights
Afghan parolees who have received permission to work from the United States government, Afghan Special Immigrant Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), and Afghan Special Immigrant Conditional Permanent Residents (CPRs) are allowed to work in the United States. This fact sheet, issued by the Department of Justice Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER), provides general information about …

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Blog Post: A Round-up of Resources for Serving Afghan Evacuees

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: August 23, 2021
Topic(s): Case Management, Immigration Legal Needs, Safety
In July 2021, the U.S. government initiated Operation Allies Refuge to quickly admit and resettle individuals from and in Afghanistan who have worked for, or on behalf of, the U.S. government. The resettlement network is working to support Afghan evacuees by providing available benefits and services, including those funded by ORR. This blog post lists resources you may find helpful in serving these clients, including resources in Dari and Pashto.

Toolkit: Employment Authorization Documents: Reference Guide for Refugee Service Providers

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: February 26, 2021
Topic(s): Employment
Subtopic(s): Employment Rights
Refugees and asylees have the right to work. This reference guide covers the most important and commonly used work authorization documents required for employment in the United States. It includes information on the form I-9, accepted documents typically held by ORR-eligible clients, possible combinations of documents based on immigration status, FAQs, and a list of …

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Podcast: Diversifying Your Client Base: Increasing Enrollment of Asylees, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Holders, and Others in ORR programs

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: January 21, 2020
Topic(s): Case Management, Community Engagement, Employment
Is your program seeking to increase enrollment among special immigrant visa (SIV) holders, asylees, and other ORR-eligible populations? Stream Switchboard’s latest podcast, where Erica Bouris, Senior Technical Advisor for Economic Empowerment at the IRC, discusses ways to boost program enrollment among ORR-eligible clients you may not currently be reaching. She shares her thoughts on developing …

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Guide: Cultural Backgrounder: Refugee Families from Iraq

Author(s): Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), Head Start
Date: July 16, 2018
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Country Guides
This guide provides general cultural information on refugees and cultural groups from Iraq. This resource provides basic information to help staff begin discussions with families and communities. 

Guide: Refugee Wellness Country Guide – Iraq

Author(s): National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT)
Date: September 1, 2017
Topic(s): Cultural Awareness, Mental Health and Wellness
Subtopic(s): Country Guides
This guide offers information on the mental health considerations, healthcare, beliefs, customs, language and history of Iraq. Iraq encompasses most of the land that was once the ancient region of Mesopotamia, commonly referred to as the “cradle of civilization” due to its development of agriculture and the concept of the city-state.  Iraq’s rich cultural heritage …

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Video: SIV Stories: Starting Anew in the United States – Working with Your Resettlement Agency

Author(s): Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE)
Date: September 16, 2016
Topic(s): Case Management
This video is part of a four-video series focusing on the experiences of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders that resettled to the United States. In this video, we meet Razan Osman, the resettlement manager at a resettlement affiliate. She provides insights on assistance and basic services of the Resettlement Agency, describing in detail what is …

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Video: SIV Stories: Starting Anew in the United States – Ahmad and Friends

Author(s): Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE)
Date: August 4, 2016
Topic(s): Case Management, Community Engagement, Employment
This video is part of a four-video series focusing on the experiences of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders that resettled to the United States. Ahmad arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina without any existing ties in the U.S. He now works two jobs to provide for his family and played a key role in creating a …

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Video: SIV Stories: Starting Anew in the United States – Jalal and Family

Author(s): Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE)
Date: May 5, 2016
Topic(s): Case Management, Employment
This video is part of a four-video series focusing on the experiences of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders that resettled to the United States. Jalal arrived in Richmond nine months ago in order to give his young family a safe and secure life. Jalal had worked as a translator, English and computer instructor, and deputy …

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Video: SIV Stories: Starting Anew in the United States – Qahtan and Leen’s Family

Author(s): Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE)
Date: May 5, 2016
Topic(s): Case Management, Employment, Mental Health and Wellness
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Wellbeing, Guardianship
This video is part of a four-video series focusing on the experiences of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders that resettled to the United States. Qahtan and Leen are Iraqis who have successfully created a new life for themselves and their two sons after five years in Austin, Texas. They discuss the importance of employment for …

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