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Refugee Travel Document - Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a travel document and who needs one?

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may need permission to return to the U.S. after traveling abroad. This permission is granted through a travel document. Travel documents are also given to foreign nationals who want to travel, but cannot get a passport from their country of nationality.

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What is Refugee Travel Document?

Refugee Travel Document is a travel document issued to people who are or once were refugees or asylees to return to the U.S. after travel abroad. The refugee or asylee should apply for this benefit before leaving the U.S.

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Who is a refugee for the purpose of Refugee Travel Document?

A refugee is any person who is outside his or her country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to return to that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution. Persecution or the fear thereof must be based on the foreign national’s race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. People with no nationality must generally be outside their country of last habitual residence to qualify as a refugee.

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Who is an asylee for the purpose of Refugee Travel Document?

An asylee is a foreign national in the U.S. or at a port of entry who is found to be unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality, or to seek the protection of that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution. Persecution or the fear thereof must be based on the foreign national’s race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. For persons with no nationality, the country of nationality is considered to be the country in which the foreign national last habitually resided.

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