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The International Institute is St. Louis’ welcoming center for new Americans. Our mission is to help immigrants and their families become productive Americans and champion ethnic diversity as a cultural and economic strength.

We provide essential community integration services to more than 7,500 immigrants and refugees from 80 countries each year. Our clients range from low-skilled to high-skilled and from non-literate to university-educated. Many are refugees who have fled war-torn countries around the world. We also work to build connections between foreign-born and long-time residents and produce Festival of Nations, our region’s most popular multi-cultural celebration.

Together, we can improve lives and help strengthen the St. Louis region.


Upcoming Events

December 1-3, IISTL Gym
3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar

Kick off your holiday shopping with unique treasures from local artisans and crafters. Click here for more info or to apply for a craft booth.

December 7, at 12:15-2:30 pm; IISTL Gym
Path to Citizenship

Information event for any permanent resident who would like to become a US Citizen. (Please bring your Permanent Resident/Green Card) Learn about the benefits of citizenship, requirements to become a citizen and much more. For more information, click here.

December 17, at 7-8 pm; IISTL Gym
STL Symphony Community Partnerships present Music Without Boundaries: Cortango Orquesta

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra musicians – Cally Banham, Asako Kuboki, Chris Tantillo, Melissa Brooks, and David DeRiso – along with celebrated jazz musician Adam Maness, are Cortango Orquesta, an Argentine tango band with a symphonic twist. Join them and special guest SLSO principal harp Allegra Lilly for a casual evening of live music with a Latin flair, including holiday selections perfect for the season. Concert presented in partnership with the International Institute and the St. Louis Mosaic Project. Event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to www.slso.org/freeconcerts

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Health Insurance Marketplace - Open Enrollment November 1, 2017 - December 15, 2017
Accessing affordable healthcare can be especially challenging for immigrants and refugees. Our trained assisters are experienced and well versed in immigrant eligibility for health coverage programs. For more information, click here.

2017 Adopt-a-Family Program
As the holiday season approaches, please consider "adopting" a refugee family to bring a smile to the faces of your newest neighbors. Our 2017 program launches on November 3 and features wish lists for 40 refugee families. For more information, click here.

Immigrant Service Resource Debuts: Immigrant ecosystem map courtesy of STL New American Alliance and its partners – International Institute, Mosaic Project, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian Chamber of Commerce, and Casa de Salud.

DACA presentation and panel discussion (1:06:28 video): What is fact or fiction? What is the most current news? How are Dreamers fairing in St. Louis? To watch video, click here.

Executive Order 13769: Learn More
New Executive Order
- White House: Office of the Press Secretary - March 6, 2017

IISTL News Brief - November Issue