May 9, 2022 - Economy

Amazon will help refugee employees obtain citizenship

The George Washington Bridge hangs its 60 x 90-foot American flag from the New Jersey side tower to mark Memorial Day as an Amazon truck heads to New York City on May 31, 2021 in Ft. Lee, New Jersey.

The George Washington Bridge hangs its 60x90-foot American flag. Photo: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

Amazon is partnering with the National Immigration Forum, an advocacy group based in D.C., to help refugee and humanitarian-based immigrant employees obtain citizenship, the group announced Monday.

Details: The partnership is an extension of Amazon's Welcome Door program, which launched about a month ago.

  • Through the program, eligible Amazon employees receive free social, legal and financial support, such as mentorship, skills training — which includes college tuition — and reimbursement for work authorization fees.
  • The program has been offered to employees in the U.S. starting in April, with the company planning to expand it globally by the end of the year.

The big picture: Amazon and nearly three dozen major companies, including Facebook, Uber and UPS, committed to hiring and training Afghan refugees last fall.

What to watch: The U.S. expects to admit up to 100,000 refugees from Ukraine. More than 76,000 Afghans have been brought to the U.S. so far this year.

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