3rd Annual International Student Welcoming Event – InterCle 2019 

Global Cleveland is organizing our 3rd Annual International Student Welcoming Event – InterCle 2019. It is a grand welcome to international students from all of the region’s colleges and universities and aims to recognize and inspire international student or immigrant to explore opportunities in Cleveland. This event also provides an opportunity to engage with the community organizations, businesses, social organizations, religious institutions and area attractions. It is a platform to network with other international students from around the world.This event includes a presentation by a successful Immigration Lawyer and other speakers with important information to share. We will have a panel of former international students – now professionals living in Cleveland. There will be a networking game, food, music, photo booth, DJ and other fun activities lined up.Each attendee will receive a free pass to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum for that day.
Where: One Cleveland Center/ Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association1375 East 9thStreet, Floor 2 Cleveland
When: Saturday, September 7, 2019, 10 am – 1 pm
Free admission. RSVP: InterCle 2019 


Global Cleveland International Newcomer Support Services

Welcome to Cleveland! Global Cleveland volunteers are here to help newcomers from around the world find success in Greater Cleveland. You can access a variety of services to get settled in Cleveland’s neighborhoods, schools, and jobs. Our volunteers are excited about getting to know you and discovering how they can help you with your transition.

Career Resources

Learn about what job search process looks like in the U.S., and learn about the importance of NETWORKING. To access resources such as list of companies by industries, list of recruiters by industries or list of networking groups by industries, please visit our Career Resources page. In addition, we have a job seeker blog with helpful career-related articles and templates.

Professional Connection Service

Be matched with a Professional Connection volunteer who can help you with your resume and cover letter, connect with the right professional network, and polish your job search skills! The right person can make a world of difference in finding a job in Cleveland.To read more about this service, click here.

For questions, contact Supriya Tamang at Supriya@globalcleveland.org 

US Citizenship & Naturalization

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services should be contacted directly for procedures on becoming naturalized. Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for answers
to common questions, copies of forms, and general information about the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Funded by the United States Citizenship and Integration Services (USCIS), ASIA (Asian Services in Action, INC.) offers citizenship and civics classes, and provides eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs) with legal immigration assistance to become
naturalized citizens. These classes are available throughout Northeast Ohio and are focused on preparing individuals to take the oral and written citizenship tests. In addition, participants have an opportunity to learn more about American history,
how the U.S. government operates, and other important aspects of civics education. The program offers assistance to LPRs to prepare their N-400 applications and to assist them in preparing for their citizenship interviews and tests. The project works
in partnership with Cleveland Catholic Charities’ Office on Migration and Refugee Services, Community Legal Aid and the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

Contact Eunice Park, Immigration Attorney (park@asiaohio.org, 216-881-0330) for information or legal immigration assistance.
Contact Sally Chan, Program Coordinator (schan@asiaohio.org, 216-881-0330) for class schedules.

English as a Second Language (ESL/ESOL) Classes

Learning English in Cleveland

Speaking English is very important if a non-native English speaker is to successfully engage in the full range of business and community offerings available. English as a second language (ESL), or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), is available
through many institutions across Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

A few organizations offering ESL/ESOL programs include Cuyahoga County Community College (Tri-C); The Cleveland Public Library, Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Polaris Career Center, and the International Services Center.

Refugee Support Services

Refugee 101

The Refugee Collaborative

Global Cleveland is part of the Greater Cleveland Refugee Collaborative. This is a group of Cleveland organizations that have joined together to serve the rising numbers of refugees resettling in
Northeast Ohio.

Refugees are invited to this country by the U.S. State Department and live here legally. Refugee resettlement is a humanitarian effort that benefits some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. Many arrive with little more than the clothes on their
backs and few possessions. They must rebuild their lives in a new country with a new culture and language, often after experiencing tremendous hardship and trauma.

Although some refugees come to the US to join family members, many arrive knowing no one. Refugees are expected to become self-sufficient within the first year of their arrival in the United States. Through this collaborative our community is able to
supply a range of services and support to help refugees become settled and successful in our community.

Public Benefits

Can I Receive…

  • Food Stamps?
  • State Cash Assistance?
  • Supplemental Security Income?
  • Energy Assistance?

The United States government makes available public benefits for people who need help with food, healthcare, and day-to-day expenses. To qualify for each of these benefits, you have to meet certain income, resource and/or health requirements.

Some immigrants qualify for major public benefits programs. Depending on your status, you could qualify for healthcare, food stamps, cash assistance, low-cost housing, energy assistance, and child care assistance.

Learn more about what public benefits are available and who are qualified to receive them, click here.


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