Determining whether or not you can be recognized as a refugee by the United States can be confusing. It can complicate what is already a stressful situation. One thing that is important to remember is that anyone who ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group cannot be considered a refugee.
Under United States law, a refugee is someone who:
- Is from outside of the United States.
- Is of special humanitarian concern to the United States.
- Can demonstrate that they faced persecution or the threat of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a specific social group.
- Is not already firmly resettled in another country.
- Is admissible to the United States.
The Refugee Process
For consideration as a refugee, you must first receive a referral to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). Determination of refugee status is done on a case-by-case basis. This involves an interview with a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer. It is a non-adversarial interview specifically for gathering information with a specially-trained interviewer. All relevant evidence and testimony is examined to determine if the applicant:
- Meets the definition of a refugee
- Is not already resettled in another country
- Is otherwise admissible under U.S. law
Considerations in making a decision include the conditions in the country of origin and an evaluation of the individual’s credibility. All proper security checks must have been completed, with the results being reviewed and examined before approval. Once approved as a refugee, you will undergo a medical exam and cultural orientation. Assistance with travel plans is also available, as is a loan for travel to the United States. Upon arrival, you will be eligible for medical and cash assistance.
Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Help Refugees and Other Immigrants in Philadelphia Through Process of Immigration
Applying for refugee status can be stressful and confusing, compounding the stress of an already difficult situation. The Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. can help streamline the process and make it as easy for you and your family as possible. If you are an immigrant in Philadelphia and you need representation, call us today at 215-925-4435 or fill out our online form for a confidential consultation.