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Welcome Corps Updates

Earlier this year, the United States government announced Welcome Corps, a private refugee sponsorship program. This program will allow those already approved for resettlement through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) to come to the United States with private sponsors.

Right now we are in Phase 1 and sponsors CANNOT name specific refugees to bring to the U.S. However, in Phase 2, sponsors will be able to choose who they sponsor, meaning you could sponsor your friends or family members to come to the U.S. Phase 2 will begin later in 2023.

Why the delay for Phase 2?

The reason Phase 2 has not started yet is that they are making the application process as easy as possible and this takes time. Before they announce that Phase 2 is open, Welcome Corps will make public information about how to check if your family and friends can use Welcome Corps.

This will give you time to get all your application paperwork ready before Phase 2 is open.

While you are waiting for Phase 2, you can:


Follow the Welcome Corps website for accurate updates, or our Youtube Channel for information about Welcome Corps in multiple languages!

Last updated: 10-09-2023

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