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Immigrant and Refugee Resources: Government Agencies (city/county/state/federal)

Immigrant and Refugee Resources Guide, with Shoreline specific, regional, and national resources.

City / County

The City of Seattle maintains this list of links to resources that may be helpful to immigrants and refugees living in Seattle/King County. While the listing may not be comprehensive, it is updated regularly.

Washington State

Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance

Who is Served: ORIA provides services to all Individuals who are allowed to immigrate to the U.S. as refugees, certain Amerasians, Cuban/Haitian entrants, victims of severe forms of trafficking, persons granted asylum, and Iraqi/Afghani Special Immigrants are eligible for services.  Immigrants receiving public assistance are also eligible for ORIA’s services.

  • Cash, Food, and Medical Assistance
  • Employment and Training Programs (LEP Pathway Employment Services, Skills Training, ORIA BFET, RESN)
  • English Language Programs
  • Health Screenings, Mental Health Services and Preventative Health
  • Naturalization Assistance
  • Refugee Social Services
  • Support services for children, youth, and elders

Other Program Characteristics: The program emphasizes:

  • Services are to be provided in a manner that is linguistically and culturally compatible with the refugee’s background.
  • English language instruction is to be provided in a concurrent, rather than in a sequential manner with other program services.
  • Equal opportunities are offered for training and instruction to refugee women as men.


Legal Foundation of Washington 

Federal Government

Refugee Admissions (U.S. Dept. of State)

"A refugee is someone who has fled from his or her home country and cannot return because he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Since 1975, Americans have welcomed over 3 million refugees from all over the world. Refugees have built new lives, homes and communities in towns and cities in all 50 states.

Office of Refugee Resettlement (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)

"The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides critical resources to people in need to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) 

**As of September 2017, with some exceptions, USCIS is no longer accepting initial or renewal requests for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.**

In June of 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that "certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status." 

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