HIAS in Austria

Founded: 2001
Country Director: Emily Russ
Office Locations: Vienna, Tel Aviv 


The refugees served by the HIAS-managed Resettlement Support Center (RSC) in Austria include vulnerable asylum seekers in Israel and religious minorities from Iran. The HIAS staff in Austria assist these individuals as they navigate the process of resettling as refugees to the United States. The RSC in Austria, one of seven RSCs in the world, is funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).


Through the assistance of the RSC, individuals arrive in the United States each year as refugees, often joining family members. Once in the United States, the religious minorities from Iran are able to live free of discrimination. For the asylum seekers in Israel, the chance of a new life in the U.S. with a legal immigration status opens many doors for these vulnerable families.  



HIAS is funded by PRM to operate the RSC located in Vienna, Austria. The RSC works with two distinct populations – vulnerable asylum seekers in Israel and religious minorities from Iran. The RSC is responsible for receiving applications and preparing the documents necessary for resettlement to the United States for both of these groups. The RSC coordinates refugee interviews with U.S. government officials for applicants in Austria and Israel. The RSC also assists approved refugees with medical examinations, U.S. placement paperwork, and Cultural Orientation training for all caseloads. 

HIAS’s services are free. If someone tries to charge you for services claiming they represent HIAS, please report it at our confidential email address: ethics@hias.org. HIAS has a zero-tolerance policy on fraud and corruption. 

For any other inquiries please email us at info@hias.org.