Refugee Employment & Job Placement Services

employment & Job placement services

JFS offers resettlement services, including employment case management and assistance, to legally-authorized individuals from around the world. Our clients possess a wide range of employable skills and language abilities and offer experience from a myriad of educational and professional backgrounds.

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What We Offer
Benefits of Hiring a Refugee
FAQ about Refugees

Partnering with Us

Hiring the right person requires a large amount of time and money. Forget staffing agencies—we can expedite the process and find you a qualified applicant at no cost.

“A dedicated employee is hard to find...
and that’s what I got from JFS.”

Our current Employer Partners represent the following industries:

  • Agriculture
  • Education, Healthcare and Social Services
  • Financial Activities
  • Food Services and Hospitality
  • Information
  • Manufacturing
  • Natural Resources and Construction
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Retail Sales
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Transportation

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What We Offer

Employers can avoid advertising costs and take advantage of our free referral and support services. Unlike staffing agencies, we provide skilled employees at no cost. We train our clients to enter and succeed in the workplace. In addition to saving you time and money, we will:

  • Assist with training and orientation programs, if needed
  • Complete new-hire paperwork and photocopy all necessary documentation
  • Provide a translator for the initial training period if needed, as well as translate any necessary documents
  • Provide ongoing support for as long as needed

For more information about Refugee Employment & Job Placement Services, contact Jenny Daniel at (858) 637-3392 or

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Benefits of Hiring a Refugee

Hiring a new American not only brings cultural diversity to the workplace, but offers many more benefits, including:

  • Tax incentives - By hiring a refugee or asylee, your company may be eligible to receive the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) up to $2,400 per new adult hire. The WOTC reduces an employer’s cost of doing business and requires little paperwork. The WOTC not only benefits employers but increases economic growth and productivity. For additional information about WOTC, visit the United States Department of Labor website.
  • Built-in screening and support - We prepare our clients to enter the workforce as informed and culturally-aware individuals. We assess each of our client’s previous experience and skills in order to best match them with employers. Job-readiness training is provided and on-the-job training and interpretation is readily available if desired by the employer. Translation of job-related materials is also available. We provide our clients with transportation assistance. JFS provides ongoing support to our clients over a period of five years, giving employers access to support services and a contact within our organization if questions or concerns arise. This aids in both efficiency and retention and strengthens employers’ businesses.
  • Numerous skills - Refugees possess a wide range of employable skills. California’s refugee population is comprised of doctors, nurses, engineers, IT professionals, teachers, small business owners, customer service providers, food service workers, housekeepers, chefs, construction workers, and more. We can match you with a qualified applicant for any job.
  • Fluency in other languages - Refugees are often multi-lingual and offer fluency in many languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Pashtu, Dari, Amharic, Swahili, Burmese, Karen, Karenni, and many more. In an increasingly globalized world, multilingual employees are essential.
  • Strong work ethic and high retention rates - Refugees possess a strong desire to regain self-sufficiency and provide for themselves and their families. Our clients are loyal and capable employees that tend to remain in jobs for longer than their American-born counterparts. This cuts down on operating costs.
  • Positive economic and community impact - Refugees begin paying income tax immediately upon employment, and also pay into social security. Additionally, refugees become financially independent through employment and are able to live without government assistance. Employing individuals from other countries also increases workplace diversity and strengthens our community as a whole.
For more information about Refugee Employment & Job Placement Services, contact Jenny Daniel at (858) 637-3392 or

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FAQ about Refugees

How many displaced persons are there in the world?

According to the UNHCR, there were 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide at the end of 2015. Of these, 15.2 million were refugees and 40.8 million were internally-displaced persons. 3.2 million of these were asylum-seekers.

Do refugees have the right to work in the United States?

Refugees are pre-screened and legally authorized to work by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. Refugees receive a Form I-94 upon being admitted to the United States, and an Application for Employment Authorization (EAD) is filed on their behalf. If a refugee is waiting for his or her EAD, he or she may present the Form I-94 to any employer as proof of permission to work. All refugees receive a social security number, although delays in processing are common. For additional information about refugees' and asylees' right to work, visit the U.S. Department of Justice’s website.

How can I hire a refugee if he or she does not speak English?

Refugees who are not fluent in English enroll in classes soon after arrival and progress quickly as they learn from those around them. It is not uncommon to meet a refugee who speaks two or more other languages while also learning English—a clear demonstration of their capacity to take on new challenges and learn new languages. JFS can provide newly-hired clients with translation of and tutoring in relevant workplace vocabulary. Employers report this process is very helpful in the training and retention of employees.

Who are refugees and internally-displaced persons?

These are individuals fleeing war, persecution, and political upheaval who endure great personal and economic hardship during their flight. Eighty percent of refugees are women and children. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) flee their homes but remain in their home countries while refugees cross international borders into a third country. According to The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a refugee is someone whom, "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country." Refugees are granted legal status in the countries in which they reside.

Who are asylum seekers?

Asylum seekers are individuals who meet the criteria for a refugee as determined by the UNHCR but whom are already present in the United States. These individuals apply for asylum within the United States or at a national border rather than from outside.

What is the difference between a refugee and an immigrant?

While all refugees are immigrants, not all immigrants are refugees. Although both groups migrate from their home countries, immigrants most often travel voluntarily. On the other hand, refugees travel because they are coerced, either by an outside party or by fear for their safety and well-being.

What happens to refugees when they arrive in the United States?

Upon arrival, refugees begin the difficult journey toward achieving self-sufficiency and integrating into local communities. While some refugees are reunited with family upon arrival, others arrive knowing no one, and many arrive with few or no possessions. As a result, refugees are granted certain benefits and assistance both from the federal and state governments and non-profit organizations such as Jewish Family Service for a period of time. Refugees work to quickly become self-sufficient and become contributing members of society, strengthening our economy and bringing diversity and rich cultural traditions to the United States.

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