Refugee and Immigrant Services

Refugee & Immigrant Services provides adjustment and employment services to refugees from the northern ten counties in Illinois.  Our Business Services staff works with employers who have found that hiring refugees and immigrants through our program has assisted them in attaining great productivity and discovering outstanding employees.

Refugee Mural Downtown

In June 2015, refugee students created a mural in the Midtown District in Rockford at the southwest corner of Sixth Street and First Avenue in Rockford, IL. Morgan Smith of Rock Valley College’s Refugee and Immigrant Services spearheaded the project as part of the summer programming. Students participating in the project hail from Burma, Tanzania, Rwanda and Iraq.

Who are refugees?
 

A refugee is a person who has fled his or her native country because of past persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution.  This can be based on race, nationality, religion, political opinion, or a membership in a particular social group.  Refugees are legal immigrants who are looking for an opportunity to demonstrate their strong work ethics.
 

Are refugees authorized to work?
 

Yes, refugees are authorized to work in the United States.  They can produce documentation which establishes their right to work for employers.  Furthermore, all refugees are E-Verify compliant.  Our Business Services staff are available to answer any questions regarding this authorization process.
 

What are the language capabilities of refugees?
 

Refugees have varying levels of English capabilities, both spoken and written. Many employers have taken full advantage of our free interpretation services, if needed on the job.     

 

Workforce Connection

The Rock Valley College Refugee Program is located at The Workforce Connection at 303 North Main Street. If you have any employment opportunities, please call us at (815) 921-2273 to see how Refugee & Immigrant Services can best assist your company in meeting your needs.  Our Business Services staff would be happy to discuss our program and its benefits.