Refugee

About

United States Refugee Status allows a foreigner (outside the US) fleeing from certain conditions to stay in the US.

Eligibility

There are many conditions that must be met for a person to be considered eligible for Refugee status:

  • 1) Referred by the UNHCR or US Embassy, or a member of a Priority Group:

<Persecuted on basis of religion, race, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a social group>

 

  • 2) No offers for residential status/citizenship in any other country
  •  
  • 3) Not an immediate relative of a US citizen or special immigrant
  •  
  • 4) Living outside the US. People living inside the US may apply for Asylum.

Application Process

Step One: Visiting an Office

A person interested in Refugee Status should visit either the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or US Refugee Program (USRP) in order to get information and put him/her in contact with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Step Two: USCIS Application

Main Forms

Upon getting in contact with a USCIS office, you will be provided with forms to fill out. 

 – Form I-590 (the main refugee application)

 – Form G-325C (biographic information)

 – Form FD-258 (fingerprints)

Financial Sponsorship

You must also find a financial sponsor (family member, nonprofit group, church, etc.) that assures you have financial support for travel and initial expenses. They must fill out Form I-34.

Evidence

Finally, you must provide evidence to support your application:

1) Prove your identity with any identification

2) Prove you were persecuted or fear persecution based on any of the 5 factors listed above

A sworn statement, statements from friends/family, or official membership documents work best

Step Three: Interview

The applicant and his/her family members will be called in for an interview. A successful application and interview will give the applicant and his/her family refugee status.

Immigrate with AI

AN ENERGIZE.AI TOOL

© Energize.AI 2019, All Rights Reserved.

Energize.AI is not a law firm and does not provide any legal representation. Our AI system is merely an optional technical service meant to aid in the immigration process.