Refugee resettlement to start again

On May 3rd, President Biden signed the official document (called the Presidential Determination) to welcome up to 62,500 refugees to the USA through the refugee resettlement program this year. This is an important increase from the previous historic low set by former President Trump of 15,000. The refugee resettlement program is one part of the USA’s humanitarian protection system. Another key part is the asylum system. Both of these humanitarian pathways are set up to protect people who are fleeing persecution. Learn more on our blog. We are proud to be part of a national community that welcomes with dignity.

At USAHello, we are proud to be a part of a large network working to uphold our national values by rebuilding our humanitarian protection systems. We look forward to welcoming refugees once again, and we are hopeful that steps will be taken to further restore our critical asylum systems.

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COVID Vaccine: What you need to know

As of April 20, all adults are eligible to get the COVID vaccine. Get answers to your questions, from how safe the vaccine is to where to get yours.

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Citizenship hub for service providers

Visit our new citizenship hub to get the most relevant information on the citizenship process. Service providers can use this hub to orient clients and supplement services.

Policy Updates

  • Public charge restrictions are no longer being enforced. Under this change, public benefits such as SNAP (food stamps), public housing, and most types of Medicaid will not stop you from getting a green card or citizenship.
  • Family reunification will begin this week for families unjustly separated at the US-Mexico border.
  • Visa processing has re-started. At the end of March, the ban on immigrant visa processing was ended. COVID -related restrictions may still apply to immigrants from certain countries.
Marcela Santana

Welcome Marcela

Marcela Santana recently joined the USAHello team as a program associate supporting our content and outreach efforts. Originally from Portoviejo, Ecuador, Marcela moved to the U.S. in 2005. She has vast experience producing content for the Spanish-speaking audience as an executive producer, news producer, and writer in two of the most-watched Spanish television networks in the United States.

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