Refugee rights: information and updates on the Executive Order and what it means for refugees, in refugee languages.
Know Your Rights
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CONNAISSEZ VOS DROITS COMME REFUGIE AUX ETATS-UNIS
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Naturalization, or the process of becoming an American citizen, requires a lot of time and effort. One step of the naturalization process is taking and passing a test about American government and history.
This is an online program that will guide you through the process of becoming a citizen. They can also connect you to free or low-cost legal help, either online or in person. CitizenshipWorks also has an app you can download to practice for the civics portion of the naturalization exam.
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Understanding Your Rights
The US government has a program that allows refugees to ask for their husband/wife and children to come live with them in the US called family reunification. You must apply for this program within two years of living in the US as a refugee or two years of receiving asylum in the US.
There are different types of laws in the US, including Federal Laws, State Laws and County Laws. To learn more, visit this LawHelp page on Laws in the US.
As a refugee, you can travel anywhere in the US. However, if you move to a new location, you will have to apply for new benefits. It is difficult to travel outside of the US as a refugee until you have become a US citizen. If you need to travel outside of the US, you have to complete special travel papers and forms.
As a refugee, you can work in the US as soon as you arrive but you do still have to complete certain forms with your resettlement agency. If you are an asylum seeker or Cuban-Haitian entrant, you have to wait until you receive employment authorization in order to work.
After living in the US for one year, you must apply to become a permanent resident or to get your green card. Your green card is proof that you are allowed to live and work in the US.
As a refugee, you receive some help and support from the government. All refugees qualify for eight months of initial services including cash to help pay for housing, medical assistance, and help with food. The other help or public benefits you receive will depend on what state you are resettled in and what organizations help you. Even if your public benefits end, you will probably still be able to find other programs and services in your community to support you and your family.