Who is eligible for refugee status? Where is refugee status granted?
Refugee status may be granted to someone who:
- is outside of his/her country of nationality (and outside of the U.S.);
- is of special humanitarian concern to the United States;
- is not firmly resettled in another country; and
- is unable or unwilling to return to, or to get protection from, his/her country of nationality because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on one or more of the following:
- membership in a particular social group, or
- political opinion.*
The 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).
* INA §101(a)(42)(A); see USCIS website