Refugees in the United States.
American laws clearly define who can be considered a refugee. This category of persons includes one who is outside his home state, or one who does not have citizenship, staying outside the country in which his permanent residence is based. Also, a person who can not or can not return to his native country can be included. In addition, refugees in the United States are those who can not or do not want to take advantage of the protection of their home state because of persecution or a proven fear of persecution for racial, religious, ethnic reasons or because they belong to a particular social group, or adhere to certain political beliefs.
All persons falling under this definition may obtain the right to enter the United States as a refugee and obtain an immigrant visa. At the same time, it should be noted that if you belong to this category, it may happen that you do not immediately enter the US, as the government of the country sets limits on the admission of refugees every year, and for each state they are individual and can differ substantially from each other. In addition, quotas also change yearly, and this depends on the political situation. For example, due to the democratic transformations observed in many Eastern European countries, the limits for them have been significantly reduced, as the inhabitants have less reason to fear persecution.
Based on the immigration law, refugees in the United States must differ in certain categories. So, stand alone those who asked to grant refugee status while in their home country, and to another category are those who first crossed the US border, and only then asked for asylum. By and large, both have the same rights, but they fall under different quotas and procedures for granting status.
If America has recognized that it is ready to accept a person as a refugee in its territory, then in this case such a person will be assisted in moving and at the initial stage of establishing life in the United States. These functions are carried out at the expense of voluntary agencies, which initially commit themselves to assist newcomers. Refugees in the United States wishing to obtain a status, regardless of where they applied (in America or still in their home country) should have a convincing justification that they fit all the criteria for the above definition of “refugee”. When drafting a petition, keep in mind that you should not invoke the fact that in your country you were persecuted for political, religious or racial reasons. It is enough to prove that you have “justified fears” of such persecution. For example, if your country systematically discriminates against its citizens, your fears of persecution will be recognized as justified, even if it is not specifically for you and your family.
However, if you were the victim, then, of course, you will have a better chance of a positive decision on your asylum application.
If you belong to the category of persons who applied for asylum outside the States and you were granted the right to enter that country within the established quotas, in this case, refugees in the United States have the right to live here for as long as they themselves this will be desired. However, a year later by law, such persons are granted permanent resident status in the United States, if by that time they did not violate the laws and no new evidence was received by the Immigration Service that the refugee status was erroneously attributed.
If you applied for asylum already on the territory of the United States and you made a positive decision on your application, then in a year you also have the right to ask for permanent resident status, but the procedure itself will be a bit more complicated. Everything is complicated by the fact that for such individuals an annual quota for the issuance of green cards is set. Since you can not limit the number of applicants, then in this case you sometimes have to wait more than one year. Thus, if in your home country, after a while, there will be global changes indicating that you no longer have to fear persecution upon returning home, refugee status can be reviewed.
Similar cases have taken place in respect of the subjects of Poland belonging to the Solidarity Union. At one time they asked the US for political asylum. Of course, those who did not receive a green card until the representatives of Solidarity won a majority in the Polish government were in a very difficult situation, since the refugee status should be renewed every year, and the reasons for this disappeared.
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