OUR SERVICES

REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT

We help refugees assimilate into Bowling Green and Owensboro and the surrounding communities by providing them with the following services:

  • Airport pickup
  • Food, clothing, and safe housing upon arrival
  • Registration for Social Security cards
  • Registration of males age 18 and above for Selective Service
  • Employment services
  • Enrollment of children into school
  • Enrollment of adults into ELL classes
  • Assistance with healthcare needs and emergency services
  • Reunification with family
  • Community and cultural orientation
  • Civics and safety education
  • Assistance with childcare needs
  • Assistance with interpretation and transportation needs
  • Assistance with disability needs
  • PTSD referrals
  • Assistance in reaching self-sufficiency within 180 days
42
MILLION
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
UPROOTED
 WORLDWIDE

OF THE 42 MILLION...

  • 15.2 MILLION ARE REFUGEES.
  • 26 MILLION ARE INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE (IDPS).
  • 839,000 ARE ASYLUM SEEKERS.
  • 6.6 MILLION ARE STATELESS PEOPLE.
  • 80% OF ALL REFUGEES ARE WOMEN, CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY.
  • 30 REFUGEE SITUATIONS EXIST WHERE THE NUMBER OF REFUGEES HAS BEEN 25,00 OR MORE FOR AT LEAST 5 CONSECUTIVE YEARS.

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EDUCATION

The International Center provides refugees with many types of education. We utilize a number of different forums to teach refugees the following:

hygiene

hygiene

safety

safety

budget

budget

civics

civics

cultural expectations

cultural expectations

Children are enrolled in school and adults are enrolled in ELL classes. ELL is treated as a refugee client’s job until a client finds full-time employment. We encourage clients to continue ELL after employment in order to increase future employment opportunities.

Professionals from the community provide refugee clients with important information that enable clients to better integrate into the community.

The International Center assists well-educated clients, who practiced as professionals in their native countries, achieve U.S. certification to practice their professions in our communities. We also assist eligible clients to enroll in GED programs.

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JOB PREPARATION

All refugees enter the U.S. with authorization to work and are expected to gain full-time employment within 90 to 120 days after arrival. Refugees offer local employers a desirable workforce. Most refugees are eager to work and prove to be dependable and reliable employees.

Refugees bring a diversity of skills to Kentucky employers. Our Job Developer works with employers throughout the employment process, working to help newly employed clients deliver satisfactory work performances.

  • writing resumes
  • practice developing interview skills in mock interviews
  • contacts employers about clients who fit their employee profile
  • attends the interview with clients
  • accompanies newly employed clients to their first day of work
  • remains in contact with both employer and employee during an evaluation
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IMMIGRATION SERVICES

Our Immigration Services case workers are BIA certified and offer the following services to any refugee or immigrant:

  • Adjustment of Status through marriage
  • Adjustment of Status through refugee and asylum status
  • Affidavit of Support
  • Consideration of Differed Action for Childhood Arrival
  • Consular Processing
  • Family Petition
  • FiancĂ© (e) Visa Petition
  • Naturalization and Certificate of Citizenship
  • Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence
  • Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition
  • Replacement of Permanent Resident Card and I-94
  • Request for Fee Waiver
  • Temporary Protect Status (TPS)
  • Travel Document
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INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION SERVICES

Our communities are increasingly diverse, and providers of goods and services in those communities must reach an ever greater number of people speaking different languages. Our businesses must reach an ever wider global marketplace if they are to thrive and grow. The Interpretation and Translation Services of the International Center of Kentucky can help your organization meet the linguistic requirements of doing business.


FIND OUT MORE ︾

We offer interpreters and/or translators in 30 languages:

  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Bosnian
  • Bulgarian
  • Burmese
  • Cambodian (Khmer)
  • Chin
  • Dan
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Karen
  • Kirundi
  • Kosovar
  • Laotian
  • Macedonian
  • Mano
  • Mende
  • Nepali
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Somali
  • Swahili
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

**Interpreters and translators for some languages are Medical Certified and/or Court Certified.

Contact Vung Dim at 270-781-8336 to arrange for the interpreter or translator who can help your agency, business, or organization reach a wide and diverse clientele. She will arrange for the right person to provide interpretation services by phone, face to face, or by Skype.