Employing Refugees

Refugee Services of Texas believes that each client has the potential to thrive in America.  As soon as they arrive in Texas, refugees attend ESL and job-readiness classes, participate in interviews, and find adequate employment so that they may become self-sufficient as quickly as possible. Learn more about how RST empowers our clients economically here.

RST is pleased to collaborate with a number of companies and organizations throughout Texas that employ refugees, creating a mutually-beneficial partnership for everyone involved. 

Photo by Mary Kang   

Photo by Mary Kang


What refugees can offer businesses

Many refugees are highly-educated and may have been professionals or small business owners in their home countries. They bring a wealth of skills, work experience, ideas and, most importantly, a strong drive to regain self-sufficiency and financial stability for their families.

Newly arrived refugees typically arrive with little to no economic security, and initially rely on limited financial assistance. It is imperative that they achieve self-sufficiency as quickly as possible through employment. 


Refugees are fully authorized to work

Potential employers often ask whether refugees are authorized to work. Refugees are issued an I-94 by United States Customs and Immigration Services immediately upon entry into the U.S., and thus are fully authorized to work. They also possess clear criminal backgrounds, and typically receive Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and Social Security Cards within a month of arrival.

Join the growing number of businesses
hiring refugees today and continue to build your business as you help rebuild lives!

incentives for business that hire refugees

Your business may be eligible to receive the Work Opportunity Tax Credit through employing refugees. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers who hire individuals from target groups that have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. The maximum tax credit ranges from $1,200 to $9,600, depending on the employee hired. 

Businesses benefit greatly from the skills, experience, and work ethic of refugees. Hiring refugees has the additional benefit of bringing cultural diversity and increasing a business’s engagement in the local community.


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