Issues and Policies

Get the Facts about "Public Charge"

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The Trump-era "public charge" rule is no longer in effect. Learn more about the current fairer public charge rule.

How Seattle is a Welcoming City

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Find out how Seattle's values of equity and inclusion drive the City's actions in welcoming immigrants and refugees to our community.

FAQ about Local City-level Immigration Policies

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Find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about immigrants and refugees, including the City's relationship to the federal government regarding these issues.

Workforce Development Report

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OIRA's Regional Partnerships for Immigrant Integration and Workforce Development in the City of Seattle and King County report, researched and written by Glenn Scott Davis, aims to help address current challenges and craft tailored strategies to enhance our support programs, policies, and engagement efforts specifically for immigrants, refugees, and migrants. 

Get the Latest DACA Updates

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Updates regarding the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and local resources to support DACA-eligible immigrants.

Immigrant Civic Engagement Research

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Check out one of the largest civic engagement data sets in the country focused on immigrant and refugee communities.

Learn More about Immigrant Integration

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Immigrant integration is one of the guiding principles of the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. Learn about how our programs help people become New Americans.

Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

Hamdi Mohamed, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 1616, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94573, Seattle, WA, 98124
Phone: (206) 727-8515

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The mission of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is to improve the lives of Seattle’s immigrant and refugee communities by engaging them in decisions about the City of Seattle’s future and improving the City’s programs and services to meet the needs of all constituents.