New Asylee Orientation

Were you or someone you know recently granted asylum status?


Asylees and refugees are among a list of immigrants who are NOT affected by the public charge rule. Visit the San Francisco Human Services Agency website for more information.


Join us at a monthly orientation for newly granted asylees hosted by the San Francisco Asylum Office, and presented by the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Newcomers Health Program and their partners from nonprofit organizations.

The orientation covers important benefits and programs that may be available immediately to newly granted asylees, such as:

  • Health and Medical Services
  • Cash Aid
  • Food Stamps / CalFresh
  • Employment Assistance & Job Training programs
  • Education
  • Immigration and other legal topics

The orientation is presented in English with Spanish interpretation available. Please bring an interpreter if needed. Stay after the presentation to talk individually with program staff.

2019 New Asylee Orientation dates

Friday, 11/15/2019
Friday, 12/13/2019

Friday, 1/10/2020
Friday, 2/7/2020
Friday, 3/6/2020
Friday, 4/3/2020
Friday, 5/1/2020
Friday, 5/29/2020
Friday, 6/26/2020
Friday, 7/24/2020
Friday, 8/21/2020
Friday, 9/18/2020
Friday, 10/16/2020
Friday, 11/13/2020
Friday, 12/11/2020
Friday, 1/8/2021

Starting promptly at 1:15 p.m. – 3:30 pm.


San Francisco USCIS Asylum Office
75 Hawthorne Street, 7th floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

What to bring
Please bring government-issued photo identification, and Asylum Approval letter or Immigration Judge court order to gain admittance. Bring the USCIS invitation letter if you received it in the mail.

There are parking garages nearby. Costs vary. Please arrange for parking that will not require you to leave during the orientation.

Additional Resources

  • What to do after being granted asylum status. Read this helpful list in English [PDF], Spanish, Chinese [PDF], Arabic [PDF], or Portuguese [PDF].
  • Apply for public benefits at the county where you live- New asylees may apply for important public benefits (for example: Cash Aid, Medi-Cal, and CalFresh). Apply for these benefits NOW as many of them are time-limited. Click HERE to find out where.
  • Other CA County benefits offices
  • Timeline for New Asylees is a helpful guideline of important timeframes. This is available in English and Spanish.