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Refugee- Frequently Asked Questions


How can I appeal a denial of my application for derivative refugee benefits for my spouse or child?

If your application for derivative refugee benefits for your spouse or child is denied, you will receive a letter that will tell you why the application was denied. You will not be allowed to appeal a negative decision to a higher authority. However, you may submit a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider with the Director of the Nebraska Service Center. By filing these motions, you may ask the office to re-examine or reconsider the decision.

  • A motion to reopen must state the new facts that are to be provided in the reopened proceeding and must be accompanied by affidavits or other documentary evidence
  • A motion to reconsider must establish that the decision was based on an incorrect application of law or USCIS policy, and further establish that the decision was incorrect based on the evidence in the file at the time the decision was made

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What is the difference between Asylum and Refugee status?

Asylum and refugee statuses are closely related. However, they differ depending on where you apply for the status. If you are already in the U.S., you may apply for asylum status. If you are not in the U.S., you may be eligible to apply for refugee status. In either case, all people who are granted either asylum or refugee status must meet the definition of a refugee.


Can I work while waiting for my Employment Authorization Document?

You may check status by using VisaPro's free visa status service.

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