Immigrant/Foreign Language/Cultural Services
Bridge Refugee Services is an ecumenical, non-profit organization facilitating the resettlement of refugees in East Tennessee. Refugees are persons who flee their homeland due to fear of persecution. Each year, the U.S. government welcomes thousands of refugees as legal residents. Bridge empowers refugees to become self-sufficient, and we work closely with many people in KnoxvilleÑincluding volunteers, employers, and churches that sponsor refugee familiesÑwho are willing to help their new neighbors.
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The Office of Immigrant Services provides low-cost assistance for those who cannot afford an attorney. Our services include petitioning for family members, adjustments of status, renewing work permits, citizenship and naturalization, affidavits of support, and replacement of immigration documents. We also provide referrals to immigrants in need of social services, and English/Spanish translations.
To promote the empowerment and civic participation of the Hispanic community through education and social services.
Foreign nationals in Knoxville are invited to attend English classes at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Kingston Pike and Cedar Bluff road. Classes are free! You are welcome to join us.
Our department strives to support and educate all non-native English speakers to become fully proficient in English and to gain an understanding of U.S. cultures so that they can be successful citizens in our dynamic global society.
TIRRC is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration whose mission is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice, defend their rights, and create an atmosphere in which they are recognized as positive contributors to the state.
The English Language Institute was organized in 1978 by a campus-wide interdisciplinary committee to provide intensive English language study for prospective UTK students, visitors, and professionals. Its mission is to offer a sound program of English-as-a-second-language instruction, to promote research in language pedagogy, and to provide a language learning resource for Tennessee’s non-English speaking public.