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March 25, 2019

How do I apply for refugee status?

To receive refugee status, you must either:

  1. be referred to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) by:
    • the U.N. High Commission on Refugees;
    • a U.S. Embassy; or
    • a designated non-governmental organization; or
  2. start the application process with a Resettlement Support Center.1

If you receive a referral to the USRAP, you will receive help filling out your application and then be interviewed abroad by a USCIS officer. The officer will determine whether or not you are eligible for refugee resettlement in the U.S.2

You can also read more information on the U.S. State Department website - U.S. Refugee Admissions Program FAQs.

1 See the USCIS U.S. Refugee Admissions Program FAQs
2 See the USCIS website Refugees page