Welcoming the Newcomer

Immigrant and Refugee Services

Catholic Charities help newcomers become self-sufficient and productive members of American society by offering a combination of legal immigration consultation and representation, English-language instruction, other adult education programs, workforce development training, naturalization assistance, bilingual community education, and refugee resettlement and assistance services.

Our Mission

Hogar Immigrant Services and Migration and Refugee Services respond to the Catholic Church’s call for social justice by welcoming the newcomer to this country, regardless of ethnicity, religion, nationality, or ability to pay.

Our goal is for immigrants to achieve self-sufficiency and participate fully in the greater community. We achieve this goal by offering a combination of legal consultation and representation; English-language instruction and other adult education programs; and naturalization assistance.

Hogar Immigrant Services, founded in 1981, is a leader in providing high-quality services at a fair cost in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. We accomplish this through the continued generosity of our donors and through the dedicated service of our well-trained staff and volunteers.

Migration and Refugee Services is one of 104 national affiliates of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Since its founding in 1975, the office has resettled and assisted over 20,000 refugees and asylees in the Northern Virginia community. All refugees that enter our program have been vetted by the U.S. State Department, and 89% of those we assist have helped the U.S. Military abroad. 


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