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International Institute - Southwest Missouri Branch

Services to Refugees & Asylees

The International Institute of Southwest Missouri (IISMO) provides resettlement and employment-related services to recently-arrived refugees and asylees and their families residing in and around Springfield, Missouri.

The program is designed to promote the employability of newly-arrived refugees and asylees. Thus they can become more economically self-sufficient and avoid depending on government support. Established in 2012, IISMO has developed relationships with local employers, public schools and health providers.

Who is Eligible for Services?

Legally-admitted refugees and asylees, who have lived in the US less than five years. However, there is no time limit to obtain information and referral services. Participants must also be at least 16 years of age and not in school full time.

Refugee: a person outside of his or her country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to return because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Asylee: a person who has been granted political asylum by the US government because he or she cannot return home because of a well-founded fear of persecution.

Employment-Related Services

  • World of Work Orientation
  • Job Search & Employment Application Preparation
  • Interview Coaching
  • Post-Placement Follow-up Services
  • Financial Literacy Support – Family Budgeting

Health-Related Services to Support Employment

  • Access to Primary & Specialty Care Services leading to employability

Benefits Application Assistance

  • Refugee Cash & Medical Assistance for newly arrived refugees and asylees
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for certain eligible refugee and asylee applicants

Translation and Interpretation

Language support services including one-on-one, telephonic and video remote interpretation. Translation services also available. Check our provider site for affordable, just in-time language services.

Family Reunification Applications for Refugees

As a resettlement agency, IISMO can complete an Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) for recently-arrived refugees with eligible family members seeking sponsor to come to the U.S.

Information & Referral

For example:

  • ESOL Classes
  • School Registration
  • Community Resources
  • Intervention Services

Contact Information

Rebekah Thomas
1114 E Commercial St
Springfield, MO 65803

Immigration Status – Legal Resources in Southwest MO

The foreign-born have a myriad of routine and special immigration application needs. WE DO NOT, HOWEVER, PROVIDE IMMIGRATION SERVICES OR LEGAL REPRESENTATION. Immigrants needing such assistance should contact Legal Services of Southern MO.

The government branch of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for Southwest MO is located at:

9747 NW Conant Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64153

No one can visit the USCIS without an appointment. Visit the USCIS website to make an appointment. Instructions are written in English and 11 other languages. If someone does not have access to a personal computer to make an appointment, he or she can visit a public library or ask an employee or volunteer at the International Institute for help to schedule an appointment.