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Refugee Benefits & Services

Applying for Benefits & Services

Virginia's local departments of social services determine whether Virginia's refugees are eligible for public assistance. Local refugee resettlement agencies determine whether they they are eligible for employment services (applications must be made in person and proof of immigration status is required).

Eligible Populations

Refugees admitted to the United States
Asylees granted asylum through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or through an immigration court
Cuban or Haitian entrants admitted or paroled into the U.S. or who obtain eligible immigration status after arrival in the U.S.
Afghans and Iraqis given special immigrant visa (SIV)
Victims of Severe Human Trafficking with a Certification Letter or Minorís Eligibility Letter issued by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Amerasians that have an Asian mother and American father and were born after January 1, 1962 and before January 1, 1975. Spouses, children, parents, or guardians may also be eligible.
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