Live Virtual Session are held monthly.
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 and California Department of Social Services for more information.
The San Francisco Asylum Office is pleased to announce a virtual orientation for persons with asylum status. You have the right to programs and new benefits and resources as a newly granted asylee. Some of these benefits are limited and time sensitive, beginning on the date that you are granted asylum. This orientation focuses on California benefits and services. However, some information applies to persons with asylum status throughout the U.S.A.
This free-of-charge, live online orientation webinar is offered by partner agencies* and shares important information on:
- Your right to employment
- Health insurance and healthcare
- Cash and food benefits
- The education system in the U.S.
- Immigration and other legal issues such as family reunification, travel and how to stay on track to adjust status to lawful permanent residency
- Contact links to government agencies as well as resource information
To Register for the Orientation: Aim your mobile camera on the QR Code below. Then click “open” in your browser link.Or follow the link: https://tinyurl.com/NewAsylee
You will need to enter your mobile number or email in order to receive a registration link.
After you register for the orientation, you will be sent a link within 5 days before the next date to join the webinar. You must have an electronic device such as computer or smartphone to view the webinar. You will have the opportunity to ask general questions. Your identity will NOT be visible to other participants.
Live Orientation Time
Tuesdays 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Live Orientation 2021 Dates (Register for ONLY one session. All sessions present the same material)
3/16/2021 - Tuesday 7/06/2021 - Tuesday 11/02/2021 - Tuesday
4/06/2021 - Tuesday 8/03/2021 - Tuesday 12/07/2021 - Tuesday
5/04/2021 - Tuesday 9/07/2021 - Tuesday
6/01/2021 - Tuesday 10/05/2021 - Tuesday
This orientation is currently in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. We are working to add other language interpretation soon. Please have an interpreter or someone to assist you, if necessary.
*This virtual orientation is hosted by the following organizations: The California Department of Public Health’s Office of Refugee Health, The San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Newcomers Health Program, the International Rescue Committee of San Jose (IRC San Jose), the International Rescue Committee of Turlock (IRC Turlock) and the language access organization Tarjimly.
New Asylee Orientation Packet
- SLIDES: New Asylee Orientation Presentation slides: English [PDF], Spanish [PDF], Simplified Chinese [PDF]. Other translations coming soon.
- New Asylee Timeline to Citizenship English and Spanish.
- What to Do After You are Granted Asylum & What to take with you to apply for benefits programs for all counties [PDF]
- How to obtain an I-94 if you were granted asylum by the court
- Example Testament for persons who apply for public benefits with no bank account or no rental contract: English [DOC], Spanish [DOC]
- USCIS “How do I “ Guides for Refugees and Asylees:
- How do I help my relative get refugee or asylees status in the United States?
- How do I show my employer that I am authorized to work in the United States?
- How do I become a permanent resident?
- How do I get a refugee travel document?
- List of items needed to apply for a REAL ID and Fact Sheet
- Process to Prepare for adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident “green card” application
- Language accessibility card to request an interpreter when visiting agencies
- Free templates for U.S. Resumes & Cover Letters for job search (Resumes in the USA do NOT include birthday, age, marital status, or immigration status)
Additional Resources for Asylees
- What to do after being granted asylum status in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties: English [PDF], Spanish [PDF], Chinese [PDF], Arabic [PDF], Russian [PDF], and 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 to go.
- Other CA County benefits offices
- Timeline for New Asylees is a helpful guideline of important timeframes. This is available in English and Spanish.
- Refugee/Asylee Health Assessment services in Washington and Oregon [PDF]
- Asylee Workers Rights: Refugees and Asylees have the Right To Work and Information for Refugees and Asylees About the Form I-9
- How to Avoid Fraud When Seeking Immigration Legal Services (ILRC)
- Asylee Outreach Project info and resources