Employment Programs for Refugees 

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Whether you need help obtaining necessary credentials, gaining experience, or finding a job, Wisconsin has a variety of programs to help you achieve self-sufficiency. 

Refugee Support Services (RSS) Program 

The RSS program is for refugees who have been in the United States 60 months or less. Some services may be available for refugees who have been in the United States longer than 60 months. The RSS program offers many services, including:

  • English language training;
  • Social adjustment services, including emergency services and health-related services;
  • Interpretation services;
  • Citizenship and naturalization services; and
  • Job services.

What kinds of job services are available through the Refugee Support Services program?

The RSS program can help you prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment. Your case worker will work with you to determine what areas you may need help with. These include: 

  • Self-sufficiency planning
  • Career assessments
  • Job placement
  • Information and referral services
  • Career advancement services
  • Cultural and job-related orientation
  • Post-employment follow-up

How can I apply?

The RSS program is available in and around Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, the Fox Valley area, and Barron and Marathon counties. You can find a local agency by visiting our Resettlement Agencies page.