Public benefits

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refugee qualifying for public benefits, photo copyright Laura Avellaneda-Cruz, CC.
Halima, a refugee from Darfur, photo by Laura Avellaneda-Cruz, CC.
refugee qualifying for public benefits, photo copyright Laura Avellaneda-Cruz, CC.
Halima, a refugee from Darfur, photo by Laura Avellaneda-Cruz, CC.

 

 

Do refugees qualify for public benefits?

Do refugees qualify for public benefits?

Refugees in the USA qualify for public benefits or help from the government when they first arrive. The goal of this government help is to provide for your basic needs until you are able to find a job.

Refugees in the USA qualify for public benefits or help from the government when they first arrive. The goal of this government help is to provide for your basic needs until you are able to find a job.

Public benefits can be confusing. You must complete a lot of paperwork to get public benefits.

Public benefits can be confusing. You must complete a lot of paperwork to get public benefits.

Public benefits are different from the rations you may have received when you were living in a refugee camp. Rations in a refugee camp lasted the entire time you lived in a camp. V Ameriki, you can only receive public benefits for a certain amount of time. This means once you start working and earning an income for your family, you will stop getting public benefits. Some refugees are afraid to lose their benefits. But most refugees say they feel very proud once they have a good job and can take care of themselves and their families.

Public benefits are different from the rations you may have received when you were living in a refugee camp. Rations in a refugee camp lasted the entire time you lived in a camp. In America, you can only receive public benefits for a certain amount of time. This means once you start working and earning an income for your family, you will stop getting public benefits. Some refugees are afraid to lose their benefits. But most refugees say they feel very proud once they have a good job and can take care of themselves and their families.

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)

Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)

The Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) Program provides a small amount of money to refugees during the first eight months you are in the USA. You will need to use the money to pay your basic expenses like rent for your house/apartment and electricity bills. You will have to follow the requirements of the RCA contracts and then receive monthly RCA checks. Budgeting for your expenses in the US can be very hard because you have to pay for things you may not realize. You also have to learn how to use debit cards and US banks. Za več informacij, visit our Banks and money page.

The Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) Program provides a small amount of money to refugees during the first eight months you are in the USA. You will need to use the money to pay your basic expenses like rent for your house/apartment and electricity bills. You will have to follow the requirements of the RCA contracts and then receive monthly RCA checks. Budgeting for your expenses in the US can be very hard because you have to pay for things you may not realize. You also have to learn how to use debit cards and US banks. For more information, visit our Banks and money page.

As part of the RCA program, you will also receive eight months of case management from your resettlement agency. The first eight months of being in the US can be very difficult and your case manager can help you. Včasih, when you are learning a new language and adjusting to life in the US, you may misunderstand what is happening or why you must do certain things. Your case manager can help you adjust to life in the US. We recommend you attend as many meetings and programs as possible with your case worker.

As part of the RCA program, you will also receive eight months of case management from your resettlement agency. The first eight months of being in the US can be very difficult and your case manager can help you. Sometimes, when you are learning a new language and adjusting to life in the US, you may misunderstand what is happening or why you must do certain things. Your case manager can help you adjust to life in the US. We recommend you attend as many meetings and programs as possible with your case worker.

The RCA program may also include other things to help you adjust to life in the US. The program may include scheduling your medical appointments, teaching you how to use public transportation and helping you find other resources and programs in your community.

The RCA program may also include other things to help you adjust to life in the US. The program may include scheduling your medical appointments, teaching you how to use public transportation and helping you find other resources and programs in your community.

The RCA also helps you to be connected with Refugee Social Service (RSS) program for employment assistance and for long-term case-work to meet individual need.

The RCA also helps you to be connected with Refugee Social Service (RSS) program for employment assistance and for long-term case-work to meet individual need.

Am I eligible for RCA?

Am I eligible for RCA?

If you are a refugee who has been in the US for less than eight months, you will get some type of help from the government. Many refugees qualify for RCA but if you have a family with children or if you are elderly refugee, you may qualify for a different program. Your resettlement agency will help you apply for the correct public assistance program.

If you are a refugee who has been in the US for less than eight months, you will get some type of help from the government. Many refugees qualify for RCA but if you have a family with children or if you are elderly refugee, you may qualify for a different program. Your resettlement agency will help you apply for the correct public assistance program.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

This program provides some cash to help families. You will need to use the money from TANF for the basic needs of your family. The program also helps to prepare people for work and family responsibilities. V nekaterih državah, you are required to complete volunteer hours in order to receive TANF. To apply for TANF, Obiščite this page. TANF helps all low-income families in the USA, not just refugees.

This program provides some cash to help families. You will need to use the money from TANF for the basic needs of your family. The program also helps to prepare people for work and family responsibilities. In some states, you are required to complete volunteer hours in order to receive TANF. To apply for TANF, visit this page. TANF helps all low-income families in the USA, not just refugees.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is to help disabled adults, otroci, and people 65 and older without disabilities who have limited income and resources. To learn more about how non-citizens can qualify for SSI, visit this Social Security Administration page. You can apply for SSI here.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is to help disabled adults, children, and people 65 and older without disabilities who have limited income and resources. To learn more about how non-citizens can qualify for SSI, visit this Social Security Administration page. You can apply for SSI here.

If you are receiving federal cash assistance such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you are not qualified for Refugee Cash Assistance. This means you can only receive either Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) or federal cash assistance such as TANF or SSI, not both.

If you are receiving federal cash assistance such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you are not qualified for Refugee Cash Assistance. This means you can only receive either Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) or federal cash assistance such as TANF or SSI, not both.

Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA)

Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA)

All refugees receive medical care when they first arrive in the US. Kot begunec, you are required to complete a medical screening with a doctor. You may need to get immunizations against certain diseases. Depending on your age, your family size, and what state you live in, you will qualify for a different medical program from the government. Your resettlement agency will help you apply for medical assistance.

All refugees receive medical care when they first arrive in the US. As a refugee, you are required to complete a medical screening with a doctor. You may need to get immunizations against certain diseases. Depending on your age, your family size, and what state you live in, you will qualify for a different medical program from the government. Your resettlement agency will help you apply for medical assistance.

Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA) is a program that provides healthcare for refugees. You can receive RMA for up to eight months from from the date you entered the U.S. with a refugee or an asylee status, or a date that you are granted asylum status, or a date of certification by Office of Refugee Resettlement as Victim of Trafficking.

Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA) is a program that provides healthcare for refugees. You can receive RMA for up to eight months from from the date you entered the U.S. with a refugee or an asylee status, or a date that you are granted asylum status, or a date of certification by Office of Refugee Resettlement as Victim of Trafficking.

Medicaid is a program to provide healthcare for low-income families, pregnant women, and some adults in the US. This program is for all low-income Americans. Many states also have programs to provide free or low-cost medical care for children. Here is a link to learn more about Medicaid.

Medicaid is a program to provide healthcare for low-income families, pregnant women, and some adults in the US. This program is for all low-income Americans. Many states also have programs to provide free or low-cost medical care for children. Here is a link to learn more about Medicaid.

Medicare is a program to provide healthcare for seniors (individuals over 65-years-old). This program also provides insurance for people with disabilities. Here is a link to learn more about Medicare.

Medicare is a program to provide healthcare for seniors (individuals over 65-years-old). This program also provides insurance for people with disabilities. Here is a link to learn more about Medicare.

Going to the doctor in the US can cost a lot of money. This is why insurance can help you. Even if you have insurance, you might still have to pay some money to see a doctor. Za več informacij, visit our Healthcare in the US page.

Going to the doctor in the US can cost a lot of money. This is why insurance can help you. Even if you have insurance, you might still have to pay some money to see a doctor. For more information, visit our Healthcare in the US page.

Refugee Social Services (RSS)

Refugee Social Services (RSS)

The Refugee Social Services program helps refugees for five years after the arrival in the United States. Refugee Social Services includes employment services, job training, educational services, including English as a Second Language instruction and immigration assistance, case management services, and other support services.

The Refugee Social Services program helps refugees for five years after the arrival in the United States. Refugee Social Services includes employment services, job training, educational services, including English as a Second Language instruction and immigration assistance, case management services, and other support services.

There are two main parts in Refugee Social Services. First, it offers employment services. Employment specialists in the RSS can help you finding appropriate employment. Employment specialists will maintain contact with you on your employment case on at least a once-monthly basis. They will discuss job opportunities, apply and interview for jobs, practice for upcoming interviews, in več.

There are two main parts in Refugee Social Services. First, it offers employment services. Employment specialists in the RSS can help you finding appropriate employment. Employment specialists will maintain contact with you on your employment case on at least a once-monthly basis. They will discuss job opportunities, apply and interview for jobs, practice for upcoming interviews, and more.

The RSS program also helps with case management for you to be able to take care of your family.

The RSS program also helps with case management for you to be able to take care of your family.

Translators and interpreters in legal settings

Translators and interpreters in legal settings

In legal settings, you have a right to have an interpreter and a translator. Unless you are a fluent English speaker, it is a good idea to use an interpreter. Legal information can be hard to understand, even in your first language.

In legal settings, you have a right to have an interpreter and a translator. Unless you are a fluent English speaker, it is a good idea to use an interpreter. Legal information can be hard to understand, even in your first language.

Other services provided by Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)

Other services provided by Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)

The ORR Unaccompanied Alien Children Program provides temporary custody and care to unaccompanied alien children who do not have an immigration status. To learn more, visit the Unaccompanied Children’s Services Strani.

The ORR Unaccompanied Alien Children Program provides temporary custody and care to unaccompanied alien children who do not have an immigration status. To learn more, visit the Unaccompanied Children’s Services Page.

The ORR Anti-Trafficking in Persons Program (ATIP) identifies and serves victims of human trafficking, assisting foreign trafficking victims in the United States to become eligible for public benefits and services to the same extent as refugees. To learn more, visit the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Program page.

The ORR Anti-Trafficking in Persons Program (ATIP) identifies and serves victims of human trafficking, assisting foreign trafficking victims in the United States to become eligible for public benefits and services to the same extent as refugees. To learn more, visit the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Program page.

The ORR Repatriation Program provides temporary assistance to U.S. citizens and their immediate family members who have returned to the U.S. after having fallen into distress abroad, or who are escaping from civil unrest or natural disasters abroad.

The ORR Repatriation Program provides temporary assistance to U.S. citizens and their immediate family members who have returned to the U.S. after having fallen into distress abroad, or who are escaping from civil unrest or natural disasters abroad.

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