What is a Refugee?

The legal definition of a refugee can be found under section 101(a)(42) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). A refugee is someone who seeks refuge in a foreign country due to persecution, violence, or war. They are reluctant to return home because they fear severe harm. One may only have a refugee standing from outside of the United States. The refugee standing protects individual.

Who is qualified for an Asylum or Refugee?

Anyone who has been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted because of nationality, religion, race, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Any of the above qualifications are reasons for an Asylum. The government must (a) be causing the persecution or (b) not have control over the parties that are causing the persecution. The individual is known as an “asylum seeker” until the refuge request has been approved.


What is an Asylum?

Asylum status provides protection to individuals who: (a) are considered a refugee (b) are in the United States (c) are looking for admission at a port of entry

Who can qualify for an Asylum?

Once in the United States, one can file for an asylum status, independent of your (a) immigration status or (b) country of origin.

Therefore, refugees are outside of the U.S. and one seeking an asylum is in the U.S.

What about the Asylum Application?

An asylum seeker may submit an application form at their local USCIS asylum office. They cannot be in removal proceedings at this time. However, an asylum seeker can submit a defensive application to the immigration judge, when the individual is in removal proceedings and has been allotted a “Notice to Appear.”

Why do I need Plummer Legal, LLC to help me with my Citizenship?

We make this complicated process easy for you. We ensure your application is completed correctly so it can get processed by minimizing the risk of any delays. An application that is sent with errors will lead to delays and more filing fees. You do not have to read through fine prints and rules alone. We exist to help make your application process easier and smoother.

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