Who qualifies for asylee or refugee status?

Refugees and asylees are people who have suffered or will suffer persecution in their country based on:





      Membership in a particular social group

      Political opinion

The general suffering caused by poverty or a violent environment are not enough to qualify for asylum or refugee status.

There is no limit to the number of refugees or asylum seekers who may be admitted each year. The main difference between seeking asylum and immigration as a refugee concerns where the person is located when they begin their process with the U.S. government. Asylum seekers are already located in the United States, either through entry with a nonimmigrant visa or being undocumented. Refugees apply for their status before entering the U.S.

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