Private Sponsorship of Refugees

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Welcome Corps - Private Sponsorship of Refugees

The U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to announce the creation of the Welcome Corps, a new private sponsorship program that empowers everyday Americans to play a leading role in welcoming refugees arriving through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) and supporting their resettlement and integration as they build new lives in the United States. 

Through the Welcome Corps, Americans work in groups of at least five to welcome refugee newcomers by securing and preparing initial housing, greeting refugee newcomers at the airport, enrolling children in school, and helping adults to find employment. Learn more about the role of private sponsors and eligibility requirements for the Welcome Corps.

Learn more about the Welcome Corps program and find out how to become a sponsor.