The Alaska Office for Refugees (AOR) administers the state refugee resettlement program for Alaska. Funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), AOR works with sub awardees around the state to help refugees and other ORR eligible populations access cash and medical assistance, comprehensive health services, employment, English language training, and multiple types of adjustment services to achieve self-sufficiency and integration.
Organizations interested in applying to support the resettlement, education, and employment of refugees and ORR eligible populations in Alaska should fill out the annual Request for Applications here.
In federal FY 22, Alaska enrolled 497 new arrivals from 8 different countries.
We are excited to announce that the Alaska Office for Refugees will be working with the UAA Center for Human Development to offer a 6 part ECHO series from October 2023 – March 2024. Details and how to register can be found in the attachment.
The trainings are free and CEs will be provided. While all professionals are welcome to join, the Refugee Mental Health ECHO is intended for LPCs, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other clinical providers who are working with or interested in providing services to refugees.
The Refugee Mental Health ECHO is a virtual learning network intended increase the knowledge and skills of clinical providers working with forcibly relocated populations (e.g. refugees, humanitarian parolees). Register for ECHO here.
Get Help from the Alaska Office for Refugees
Organizations or sponsors interested in supporting refugees or ORR eligible populations in Alaska should contact Marioma Ismael at 907-764-7901.
For an overview of the vetting process for refugees, please visit the U.S. Refugee Admission Process. You can also refer to the other local immigration assistance offices.
- Office of Refugee Resettlement
- Uniting for Ukraine
- Processes for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans
Office of Refugee Resettlement Eligibility:
Who is eligible for ORR benefits? Any individual in the state of Alaska who has a status listed below, has arrived in the U.S. within the previous five years, or is within their first five years since receiving that status may qualify.
A refugee has fled his or her country because of well-founded fear of persecution for reasons on political opinion, race, religion, nationality or membership in a particular social group. The term “refugee” is a U.S. government recognized immigration status.
An asylee is a person already present in the U.S. who fears persecution in his or her country of origin and is granted asylum by the U.S. government. The term “asylee” is a U.S. government recognized immigration status.
- Humanitarian Parolees
A parolee is a person temporarily in the United States due to an emergency and urgent humanitarian reason or significant public benefit. Humanitarian parole does not offer a permanent pathway to lawful permanent residence.
- Cuban and Haitian Entrants
A Cuban or Haitian Entrant is originally from Cuba or Haiti, and has been granted parolee status or another special status into the U.S.
An Amerasian is a child fathered in Asia by a U.S. soldier during the Vietnam War.
- Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking A Victim of a Severe Form of Trafficking has been brought into the U.S. and made to enter forced labor without an option to leave.
Services Provided by the Alaska Office for Refugees:
- Health Care Screening Clinic
- AOR coordinates health screening clinics throughout the state of Alaska for new arrivals to receive initial medical screenings. Screenings usually occur within 30-90 days after arrival in the United States and are conducted by our various health partners
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
- U.S. Committee for Refugees
- Amnesty International
- Office of Refugee Resettlement
- United States Council on Catholic Bishops – Migration Refugee Services
- Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC)
- National Human Trafficking Resource Center
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Trafficking Resources
Location: 4600 Debarr Road, Suite 201, Anchorage, AK 99508
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Please contact Marioma Ismael at 907-764-7901 with questions