Asylum Orientation

Orientation on Benefits Available to Asylees (See USCIS letter [DOC])

The San Francisco Asylum Office is pleased to host an orientation for individuals who have recently been granted asylum. The orientation will cover important benefits that may be available to you immediately. You are encouraged to attend orientation because there are many details involved in the application process and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Information will be provided on the following temporary benefits:

  • Health & Medical Services
  • Cash Aid
  • Food Stamps
  • Employment Assistance
  • Education
  • Immigration and other legal issues

As an asylee, you may be eligible for important refugee benefits. You should apply for these benefits NOW as many of them are temporary and must be requested within a certain time from the date of asylum. To apply for benefits, please search on the internet with the name of your county and refugee services. For example, search San Francisco County Services if you live in San Francisco County.

The orientation will be presented in English, and you are encouraged to bring an interpreter if necessary.

Upcoming Asylum Orientation dates:


Friday 1/12/18
Friday 2/9/18
Friday 3/9/18
Friday 4/6/18
Friday 5/4/18
Friday 6/1/18
Friday 6/29/18
Friday 7/27/18
Friday 8/24/18
Friday 9/21/18
Friday 10/19/18
Friday 11/16/18
Friday 12/14/18

Timeline for English-speaking asylees [PDF]
Timeline for Spanish-speaking asylees [PDF]

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

75 Hawthorne Street, 7th floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Please bring identification, this notice, and your Asylum Approval letter or grant letter to gain admittance.
There are parking garages in close proximity. Please arrange for a parking accommodation that will not require you to leave mid-session.

What to do after being granted Asylum Status:
English [PDF]
Spanish [PDF]