For a refugee family starting a new life in the U.S., the process can be long and difficult – We are here to help.

Refugees flee their homes, businesses, and communities in order to escape war, persecution or death. They rarely know how long it will be before they might be able to return home and often have no time to plan the departure or pack appropriately. Family records, professional documents, diplomas, photos and other precious items are often left behind.

In the late 1970s, Catholic Charities Dallas (CCD) began resettling refugees operating under the auspices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) contract with the federal government.

Approval Process

If the USCIS officer approves the refugee’s application for U.S. resettlement, he or she will be matched with Catholic Charities Dallas, Inc. – Refugee Services directorate. Our Refugee services are staffed with professionals and volunteers to assist refugees.

Travel to the United States

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) arranges air travel for refugees coming to the U.S. Before a refugee leaves the country of asylum, he or she signs a promissory note and agrees to repay the U.S. government for travel costs. IOM sends travel information to our Refugee Services and arrangements are made for the arrival.