United States Refugee Status allows a foreigner (outside the US) fleeing from certain conditions to stay in the US.
There are many conditions that must be met for a person to be considered eligible for Refugee status:
<Persecuted on basis of religion, race, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a social group>
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.
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)
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.
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
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.