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How do I apply for refugee status?
To receive refugee status, you must either:
- 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
- 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
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