Ohio Opportunities for New Americans


Information for Employers


Information for employers regarding the hiring of immigrants.


Who is eligible for hire?

  • Naturalized citizens: Immigrants who have been registered as U.S. citizens after three or five years as permanent residents.
  • Permanent residents: Immigrants who have been authorized to work and live in the United States on a permanent basis. This authorization is commonly referred to as a green card. Individuals can apply for their green card if they have sponsorship from a spouse or employer. This category also includes refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Non-immigrants: Immigrants who are in the United States legally but only on a temporary basis. This includes, but is not limited to, students, business visitors and temporary workers. For a full list of non-immigrant visas, visit the U.S. Department of State’s Directory of Visa Categories, which can be found here.

For Whom

All individuals.

How Much


How Much

Through listening sessions and conversations with employers who hire new Ohioans, the Office of Opportunities for New Americans has learned best practices that can be applied when hiring new Ohioans. Here are some tips:

  • Work with local social service organizations to identify eligible applicants. An interactive map is available on our website. Click here.
  • Word of mouth is great advertising. Offering a welcoming environment often leads employees to refer their family and friends to your business.
  • Practicing patience in the orientation process helps new Ohioans adapt to a new culture and new job. These links also may be useful:

Dayton Children’s Hospital has had success in hiring and onboarding new Ohioans. See their story for more ideas that could help your business: