Refugee and Asylum Protections

Refugee status or asylum may be conferred upon individuals who have experienced persecution or have a well-founded fear of persecution based on factors such as race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Refugees: Refugee status serves as a protective measure extended to individuals meeting the refugee definition, deemed to be of significant humanitarian concern to the United States. Typically, refugees are individuals located outside their native country who are either unwilling or unable to return home due to the threat of serious harm. The legal framework for refugee status is outlined in section 101(a)(42) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). It's important to note that refugee status can only be pursued from outside the United States. Additional information about refugees can be found in the dedicated Refugees section.

Asylum: Asylum status offers protection to individuals who:

Qualify as refugees under the established definition.

Are already present within the United States.

Seek admission at a designated port of entry.

The application for asylum in the United States is open to individuals irrespective of their country of origin or current immigration status. Further details about asylum status can be found in the Asylum section.

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