Refugee Programs Bureau (RPB)

Mission  |  Who We Serve  |   What We Do

  • For more information and resources to support Ukrainian newcomers, visit the Ukrainian Arrivals webpage.

Grant Information:

Afghan Support and Investment Program (ASIP)

Information to support the transition of recent Afghan newcomers to long-term housing in California.

Afghan Integration and Resettlement Services (AIRS) Project

The AIRS project will increase services for Afghan newcomers in California by supporting the organizational capacity of qualified nonprofit organizations to provide culturally and linguistically responsive case management services to assist with the successful integration of Afghan arrivals into their communities.

The Statewide Asylee Orientation (SAO) Project

The California Department of Social Services, Refugee Programs Bureau (RPB), announces its solicitation for applications to receive grant funding for the SAO Project.  The Request for Application (RFA) will be posted to the webpage on May 2, 2022 and will be due June 2, 2022.

Enhanced Services for Asylees and Vulnerable Noncitizens (ESAVN) Program

The California Department of Social Services, Refugee Programs Bureau, announces its solicitation for proposals to receive grant funding for the ESAVN program.  Applications will be accepted beginning April 4, 2022 through May 11, 2022.

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COVID-19 Updates

Cuban/Haitian Entrants

You may qualify as a Cuban/ Haitian Entrant if you are a Cuban or Haitian national: 1) granted parole as a Cuban/Haitian Entrant; 2) in removal proceedings, or 3) with an application for asylum pending.

For more information, please find the PDF named “Benefits for Cuban/Haitian Entrants” on the ORR Resources-Fact Sheet page.

Expedited Licensure Process

For Refugees, Asylees, and Holders of Special Immigrant Visas Holder


The RPB’s mission is to provide state-level leadership and coordination of programs and services to achieve successful resettlement and integration of vulnerable populations in California.  Our vision is to empower individuals to successfully transition and grow in California communities.

Who We Serve

Refugee youth, adults, families, and other vulnerable populations including:

What We Do

The RPB oversees culturally-sensitive and linguistically-appropriate services that helps clients attain the skills needed to achieve self-sufficiency and a successful integration. We achieve our goals by partnering with counties, resettlement agencies, school districts, and community based organizations. Programs include:

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