The Refugee Resettlement Office provides services and assistance to refugees, asylees, Special Immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan (SIVs) Cuban parolees and victims of trafficking. This diocesan office works closely with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Migration and Refugee Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. If you would like to help support this effort, donate to the Emergency Resettlement Fund.


  • Facilitates the reunification of refugees and their families living in the United States
  • Provides post-arrival services, such as permanent resident applications, job placement assistance, and assistance with English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Advocates for refugees

How do Refugees Get to Arkansas?

Vetting Process

The Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Office works with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Migration and Refugee Services, which mission states, in part: “Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, MRS fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person.” Typically before CCA accepts a client into the state, a person must have a relative who is willing to have them live in Arkansas. When the refugees arrive, the U.S. State Department has a list of requirements that a refugee organization, such as CCA, must meet — everything from making sure they have a ride from the airport to helping them get a social security number and medical screening. Resettlement takes about six weeks to three months to complete, and CCA is there when needed even after that process is complete. Click here to review the document from the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants describing the steps refugees go through to be approved for entrance to the United States.