Thank you for participating in Austin: Welcoming City, an effort to gather community input to develop a shared definition and vision for Austin as a “Welcoming City” for international newcomers. The community input process took place between October 2014 and February 2015, and targeted immigrant residents, service providers, funders, elected officials, and the general public, through a combination of surveys, focus groups, and a provider summit. Community stakeholder participation was critical to ensure a meaningful public participation process and quality results. The final report was issued September 2015.


Additional Outreach Programs:

Welcome to Austin Orientation Sessions

These orientation sessions explain how to navigate through Austin’s systems and are designed to help immigrant families feel more comfortable with local schools, law enforcement, public transportation, finances, housing, etc. There are also sessions on how to start a small business and how to access City resources such as public libraries.

International Welcome Ambassadors Program

This program matches newcomers to local volunteer ambassadors through community groups that have signed on as International Welcome Ambassador Organizations. Click the link above to learn how you can get involved!

International Calendar of Events and Resource Guide

In partnership with GlobalAustin, the City of Austin has developed, an online portal for international newcomers and for all Austinites interested in international events.