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Alice Antonovsky
New York, NY

Refugees in the US:
Who Qualifies for the Immigration Benefit?

The refugee status is a special legal protection granted to foreigners who have been victims of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion or political membership and are afraid to live in their home nation. Individuals who apply for a refugee status must live outside the United States. More than three million refugees have come to the US in the last 35 years.

Once you come to the United States as a refugee, you may fill out an application and send it to USCIS, which will determine if you are eligible for refugee resettlement. Keep in mind that before a final decision is taken, a USCIS officer may interview you. In your refugee claim, you can include your spouse and children (unmarried and under 21 years of age).

Take into consideration that each year the US resettles a limited number of refugees. An applicant can be inadmissible to the United States for a number of reasons, so it is better to seek expert advice before taking any actions. If you are currently living in the United States, you may apply for the asylum status instead.

Let our experienced team help you determine your eligibility for a Refugee status
You and your family can become refugees if your case is considered a special humanitarian concern to the United States
The U.S. accepts up to 70,000 refugees each year from all over the world

Contact Immigration Attorney Alice Antonovsky for:

  • Family-Based Immigration
  • Family Reunification
  • Political Asylum
  • National Interest Waiver Visa
  • Waivers
  • Special Programs and Treaties
  • Citizenship and Naturalization
  • Employment-Based Permanent Residency

3 Things You Need to Know
About the Refugee Status

Under international law, refugees must not be forced to go back to their home nations.
If you are a refugee in the United States and want to travel outside the country, you may get a Refugee Travel Document to be able to re-enter the US.
The U.S. government has rigid restrictions on who can be labeled as a refugee; however, there are more refugees than asylees (asylum-seekers) granted legal status per year.
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Key Facts About Refugees in the US
Refugees can immediately seek employment after their arrival. When your refugee status is granted, you will receive a Form I-94 containing a refugee admission stamp.
If you are admitted as a refugee, you can apply for a green card after a year of coming to the United States. You can also bring your immediate family members with you (spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21)
Once you are approved as a refugee, you will receive a medical exam, a cultural orientation, help with your travel plans, and a loan for your travel to the United States. After you arrive in the US, you may receive medical and cash assistance.
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