Who is eligible for refugee status? Where is refugee status granted?
You may be eligible for refugee status if you are:
- outside of your country of nationality and outside of the U.S.;
- of special humanitarian concern to the U.S.;
- not firmly resettled in another country;
- admissible to the U.S.; and
- unable or unwilling to return to, or to get protection from, your country of nationality because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on:
- membership in a particular social group; or
- political opinion.1
Refugee status is granted in an American consulate or Embassy outside of the U.S. The refugee enters the U.S. with a “Refugee status” in his/her I-94 card (Arrival/Departure Record).
1 INA §101(a)(42)(A); see USCIS website Refugees page