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Immigration/Refugee Services

—–IMMIGRATION & REFUGEE SERVICES—–

Compiled by Drs. Schegg and Wolfe, Residents at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Last updated on Sept 12, 2007.

WELCOME CENTER FOR IMMIGRANTS AND INTERNATIONALS

The center helps immigrants and internationals with a variety of issues, ranging from housing and employment to starting a new business, accessing affordable health care, assistance in filling out immigration forms, finding ESL classes, or taking a driver’s license exam. They are located in Squirrel Hill. Multilingual staff members are available to answer questions.
-CONTACT INFO:
5743 Bartlett Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 422-8795 or (866) 774-2201 (toll-free)
Welcome Center Website

PITTSBURGH REFUGEE CENTER

The PRC is a community-based nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh to serve the refugee population. The organization’s stated mission is ‘to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and integrated into their new communities’. They work towards these goals by encouraging economic, social, and educational equality. The services they provide include case management, education, health, cultural adjustment, and employment. They also work on education, outreach, and advocacy for the community at large as well as research on local as well as international levels.
-CONTACT INFO:
1835 Centre Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 537-8398
Email: info@pittsburghrefugeecenter.org
Refugee Center Website

PITTSBURGH REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE CENTER (PRIAC)

As a division of Jewish Family&Children’s Service, PRIAC works collaboratively with the Career Development Center and the Welcome Center for Immigrants&Internationals. This organization provides services to individuals with limited financial resources offered at nominal fees. The services they provide include resettlement services, immigration services, naturalization and asylee services. They can help with clients with legal documentation as well as vocational training, ESL tutoring, and housing assistance and much more.
-CONTACT INFO:
Jewish Family&Children’s Service of Pittsburgh
Charlotte Zabusky, Resettlement Supervisor
5743 Bartlett Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 422-7200
PRIAC Website

GLOBAL PITTSBURGH

Website that provides information for new international immigrants to the Pittsburgh region. Offers information on obtaining visas, provides a monthly calendar of events, and has a comprehensive listing of ESL sites.
Global Pittsburgh Website

ALLEGHENY COUNTY CENTER FOR ESL (ACCESL)

Offers free ESL classes for adults. Rolling admission allows students to enter at any time. Tutoring and workplace classes may be arranged. Interested individuals should call to make an appointment for a placement test.
-CONTACT INFO: (412) 281-4494
ACCESL Website

CATHOLIC CHARITIES REFUGEE SERVICE

This religious organization helps refugees resettle in the Pittsburgh area. The program is geared specifically towards families and individuals who have come to the US as declared refugees. They provide services relating to housing, employment, child care support, respite care, adoption and more. They operate in the following counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence, and Washington.
-CONTACT INFO:
John Miller, Refugee Program Director
212 Ninth Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 456-6997
Catholic Charities Website

THE HISPANIC CENTER

Provides information on relocation (housing, employment, education) primarily for Hispanic individuals new to the Pittsburgh area.
-CONTACT INFO:
800 Allegheny Ave, Suite 127
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
(412) 322-2716
Hispanic Center Website

MAY LAW GROUP

Law firm in Pittsburgh focusing on immigration law.
-CONTACT INFO:
Henry W. Oliver Building, Suite 908
535 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 291-4400
May Law Group Website