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Refugee- Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is a Refugee?

A refugee is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to and avail himself or herself of the protection of his or her home country or, if stateless, country of last habitual residence because of persecution or a well founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

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Who is eligible to apply for Refugee status?

To qualify as a refugee, you must be able to prove that you meet the Immigration and Nationality Act's definition of refugee. Generally, refugees are people who were persecuted in their homelands or have a well founded fear of persecution there on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

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Who is not eligible to apply for Refugee status?

You are ineligible for refugee status in the U.S. if you:

  • Have ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion
  • Have been firmly resettled in another country. You will be considered firmly resettled if you have been offered resident status, citizenship, or some other type of permanent residence in a country other than the U.S. and the homeland from which you are fleeing. Other instances which may be considered firm resettlement are if you hold dual citizenship with a third country or if you are entitled to automatic citizenship in a third country, and you have no fear of persecution in that third country
  • Are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen or a special immigrant. Instead, you should apply for an immigrant visa. An immediate relative is a parent, spouse, or unmarried child under the age of 21
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