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Do I Qualify For Refugee Status?

Do I Qualify For Refugee Status? | Immigration Lawyer Mario Godoy | Immigration Simplified

A refugee is someone who was forced to leave their home country for a valid fear of harm or persecution. Refugee status will protect the person and allow them to apply for benefits, get a job, travel and start the process of becoming a citizen.

United States immigration law (101(a)(42) Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)) classifies someone as a refugee if they:

  • are located outside of the United States
  • have a special humanitarian concern to the United States
  • demonstrate that they were persecuted or have a fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group
  • Are not firmly resettled in another country
  • Are admissible to the United States

If you are a refugee, you must apply for lawful permanent residency (LPR) status – a Green Card – 1 year after you are admitted to the United States as a refugee.

How to Apply for A Green Card as a Refugee:

To qualify for a Green Card as a refugee:

  • You must be physically present in the United States for at least 1 year after being admitted as a refugee and your I-94, Arrival-Departure Record was issued.
  • You are admissible to the United States as an immigrant.

To verify you are admissible to immigrate to the US and apply for your Green Card a refugee will need to

  • complete required documentation including proof of status, residency and any criminal records
  • submit medical records
  • provide proof of identity including photos
  • submit biometrics such as fingerprints

Refugees are not required to pay an application fee for a Green Card.

If you make a mistake on your paperwork, that can delay or cause your application to be denied. 

Note: USCIS is in the process of strengthening refugee screening and implementing new security measures and procedures.

The Immigration Simplified attorneys work with you to evaluate your refugee status and guide you in your journey to getting a Green Card. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office or call us at 1-800-447-1660.

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Mario Godoy

Mario Godoy, Attorney at Immigration Simplified
Mario A. Godoy is the founder of Immigration Simplified and Godoy Law Office. His mission is to provide immigrants access to affordable, lawyer-backed immigration services. Immigration Simplified serves immigrants and foreign visitors to the United States. We help U.S. citizens reunite and/or obtain legal immigration status for their family members.
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