YWCA Tulsa offers employment services for individuals from Afghanistan, refugees, asylees, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders, and others. This includes preparing and applying for jobs, learning about U.S. work culture, and connecting clients to training, credentialing and English classes. YWCA offers adult English classes, beginner through advanced, classes for young children under 5 who are not yet in school while their caregivers attend class, and support for English Language Learners in middle school and high school. YWCA provides immigration legal services, including adjustment of status applications, work authorization renewal, and Temporary Protected Status. Interpretation and translation services are also available. To connect, call (918)663-0377 or email email@example.com. Learn more online
Tulsa Community College
The Tulsa Community College English as a Second Language(ESL) Program offers an Intensive English Program (IEP) as well as academic ESL classes at all levels. Additional services include English proficiency testing, advisement, enrollment assistance, tutoring, conversation clubs, student organizations, and information and referrals. Scholarships are available for immigrants and refugees. To connect, call (918)595-7544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more online
WES Gateways Program
The WES Gateway Program provides resources and funding to help individuals educated in Afghanistan to evaluate their educational credentials. A credential evaluation report can help you continue your education, become licensed in your field or take the next step in your career path in the U.S. To learn more about the program, contact YWCA Tulsa, the local referral partner, at (918) 663-0377 or email email@example.com. Learn more online
As part of the New Tulsans Initiative, the City of Tulsa launched Flourish Tulsa to support internationally trained immigrants, or immigrants with education and professional experiences from abroad. Learn more online
SIV Stories: Starting Anew in the United States
This video series, produced by Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE), focuses on experiences of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders who resettled in the U.S. The videos are meant for Afghan and Iraqi SIV applicants coming to the United States who do not routinely have access to Cultural Orientation overseas. The video series is available in English, Arabic, and Dari. View the video series online
USCIS: Information for Afghan Nationals on Parole Into the United States
Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrant Services (USCIS) website for information about action steps to take after arrival in the U.S. USCIS Website
Resources to Learn English
If improving your English proficiency is one of your goals, many community organizations offer resources and services to learn English including English as Second Language (ESL) courses and tutoring services. See the resources and services.
Catholic Charities is looking for attorneys to help our new Afghan neighbors apply for asylum so they can attain lawful permanent resident status to remain in the United States. If you are a licensed attorney and are interested in taking a case on a pro bono basis, please contact Kojo Asamoa-Caesar at firstname.lastname@example.org. No prior immigration law experience required. Training and mentorship will be provided.