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Services for Refugees


LSS Refugee Services provides various types of assistance to refugees upon their arrival in Minnesota.

A refugee is any person, living outside of his or her home country, who is unable to return to his or her home country due to a well-founded fear of persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

An asylee is an individual who traveled to the United States, applied for and was granted asylum status by US Immigration, thereby acknowledging that he or she met the definition of a refugee and allowing him or her to remain legally in the United States.

SF - AirportRefugee Resettlement Services

During the first 90 days after a refugee arrives in the United States, LSS Refugee Services offers services to help refugees adapt to their new home. Services include finding housing, setting up health insurance, and enrolling in English as a Second Language courses.

Immigration Services

LSS Refugee Services assists refugees and asylees in filing certain immigration forms, including work permits, replacement I-94s, Refugee/Asylee Visas, FOIA requests, travel documents, Green Card applications, and more. More details about LSS Immigration Services >

Employment Services

LSS Refugee Services provides job placement and employment retention assistance to refugees and asylees who have been in the U.S. for less than five years.

Intensive Case Management (ICM)

Assistance for refugees and secondary migrants who need additional help after the 90-day resettlement period.  The program connects refugees to a range of services such as mental health counseling, employment services, assistance securing housing, mentorship, and extended cultural orientation. 

SF - Man in KitchenRefugee Cash Assistance

Provides financial assistance to refugees who are single or married without children during the first eight months after their arrival to the United States.

Family Reunification

When the U.S. State Departments offers the Family Reunification program, LSS Refugee Services assists refugees filing family reunification forms, such as Affidavits of Relationship (AORs).

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