Refugee Protected Status
 

A refugee is defined as a person outside of his or her country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to return because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinions.
Under US law, a person who has committee acts of persecution, or has assisted in the commission of persecution in any way, on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion, is not eligible for classification as a refugee.

Asylum / Refugee status

Both these status are closely related. They differ only in the place where a person asks for the status: asylum is asked for in the US; refugee status is asked for outside of the United States. However, all people who are granted asylum must meet the definition of a refugee.

Post USCIS Interview Processing

After the USCIS interview, those applicants who are found eligible for refugees status must satisfy medical and security criteria and must be assigned a sponsor assurance. A refugee admission number is allocated to the applicant and is then subtracted from the annual ceiling. Transportation arrangements are made through International Organization for Migration (IOM). If the refugee is unable to finance his or her transportation costs, the refugee may be eligible for a travel loan, whereby he or she must agree to repay the cost of the airfare.
At the port of entry, USCIS admits the refugee to the United States and authorizes employment. After one year, a refugee is eligible for adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident. Five years after admission, a refugee is eligible for naturalization to US citizenship.

Family

Spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 who are with the applicant at the refugee interview will be given refugee status. If the spouse or unmarried children under the age of 21 are not with the applicant at the time of USCIS interview, the applicant will have to file a Refugee Petition, Form I-370, for each of these family members. Other relatives may qualify for resettlement in the U.S. if they meet the US refugee criteria with their own claims.

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