Ohio was the United States' first frontier, and many cities across the state have been significantly shaped by the hard work and ingenuity of diverse communities of immigrants who settled here.
Today, new immigrants are finding a home in Ohio and making contributions to the same cities that were enriched by earlier generations of immigrants.
Ohio offers incredible opportunities, and helping new immigrants successfully settle in Ohio strengthens the fabric of our state and lays a stronger foundation for the ongoing success that comes from innovations that can flow from new ideas and new people.
Resources for New Americans
Creating a stronger Ohio
By executive order, then Governor John R. Kasich created the Office of Opportunities for New Americans and the New Americans Advisory Committee in May 2018. These entities aim to help new and current immigrants do their part for our great state and better integrate into the fabric of their communities.
The Office of Opportunities for New Americans is part of the Development Services Agency and focuses on making sure new Ohioans are job ready by coordinating existing efforts at the state level, communicating with immigrant support groups and by identifying and tearing down barriers that prevent or impede immigrants' integration into society and economic success.
The 12-member advisory group provides guidance to the Office of Opportunities for New Americans and is comprised of representatives of immigrant communities, business leaders, and non-profit organizations. They will be joined in their discussions by officials from the Ohio departments of Education, Higher Education, Job and Family Services, Commerce, Development Services Agency and Office of Workforce Transformation.