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Updated: December 18, 2020
If you are a not a U.S. citizen, are living outside of the U.S., and you are afraid to return to your home country due to a fear of mistreatment or abuse (persecution), you may qualify for refugee status, which would allow you to come to the U.S. legally. You can only apply for and get refugee status from outside of the U.S.
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