Mission Statement for ORI
ORI’s mission is to promote the full participation of refugees and immigrants as self-sufficient individuals and families in the economic, social, and civic life of Massachusetts.
Learn What to Do in an Emergency
ORI has put together an emergency guide for New Americans in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone. How to keep safe during an emergency can be different from country to country. This guide is intended to reduce confusion around disasters, and provide important emergency information to all people living in the Commonwealth. The guide details the different types of emergencies and the best way to respond to each. In addition, the guide suggests how to prepare an emergency kit, as well as an emergency contact list. The guide is available here in English .as well as in the below languages:
Become a U.S. citizen!
ORI supports community-based organizations across the Commonwealth to provide citizenship assistance to low-income refugees and immigrants. The citizenship for New Americans Program (CNAP) assists legal permanent residents of the Commonwealth in becoming citizens of the United States. The program provides assistance to persons who are within 3 years of eligibility to become citizens of the United States. Services provided include: ESOL/civics classes, citizenship application assistance, interview preparation and support services including, but not limited to, interpretation and referral services. Please find a list below of the nearest service provider and become a U.S. citizen now!
- In July 2008, Executive Order No. 503 called for the Governor's Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants (GACRI) to develop recommendations for better integrating refugees and immigrants into the economy and Commonwealth. The GACRI delivered the final New Americans Agenda report and recommendations to the Governor's Office on October 1, 2009. The Governor publicly released the report on Nov. 17, 2009 and announced the creation of an inter-governmental work group to develop a state action plan for implementation.
The Massachusetts Refugee Resettlement ProgramThe Office for Refugees and Immigrants supports the State Refugee Coordinator in managing a portfolio of grants to a state-wide network of voluntary agencies, funded by the Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, and the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. Persons eligible for services through ORI have been lawfully admitted to the United States on humanitarian grounds, often following conflict, displacement or persecution in their country of origin. These time-limited grants facilitate the resettlement of refugees, asylees, certified victims of human trafficking, and Cuban/Haitian entrants in Massachusetts, and provide a broad spectrum of support services designed with self-sufficiency as the goal.
- If you are looking for information on becoming a United States citizen or are looking for the former US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). The USCIS Boston office telephone is 1 (800) 375-5283.