Individuals wishing to settle in Ohio as refugees will first need a referral to the U.S. Refugee Admission Program. This can be done from the individual's home country. There are several criteria for eligibility including being under threat of persecution due to religion, national origin, race, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. A refugee must not have persecuted others in a similar way.
U.S. immigration law allows spouses and unmarried children under 21 to accompany refugees, and occasionally other family members will be included as well. Refugees can get assistance in filling out their applications, and they will receive assistance with the paperwork as well as help in traveling to and settling in the United States. They are immediately eligible to work.