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Refuge / Asylum Application (RE - status)

Refuge / Asylum Application (RE - status)

Every year millions of people around the world are displaced by war, famine, and civil and political unrest. Others are forced to flee their countries in order to escape the risk of death and torture at the hands of persecutors. In mid-1998, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimated the world's population of refugees and asylum seekers to be 13 million. The United States works with other governmental, international, and private organizations to provide food, health care, and shelter to millions of refugees throughout the world.

Resettlement in third countries, including the United States, is considered for refugees in urgent need of protection, refugees for whom other durable solutions are not feasible, and refugees able to join close family members. Generally, refugees are people who are outside their homeland and have been persecuted in their homeland or have a well-founded fear of persecution there on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Asylee and refugee statuses are closely related; however, they differ depending on where a person applies for the status. If an applicant is already in the United States, he or she may apply for an asylum status. If a person is not in the United States, he or she may be eligible to apply for a refugee status. In either case, all people who are granted either the asylee or refugee status must meet the definition of a refugee.

A refuge/asylum applicant may include his/her spouse or any unmarried children under the age of 21 as derivatives of his/her own application.

The Lautenberg refugee program is for citizens of the former Soviet Union with immediate relatives lawfully residing in the United States, and who fit into the following categories: Soviet Jews, Evangelical Christians, Ukrainian Catholics, and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The category of immediate relatives comprises spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren. This category do NOT includes aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The Lautenberg Amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act, allows certain individuals that were denied refugee status to be inspected and paroled into the United States on a humanitarian basis. An individual who is paroled into the United States is known as a parolee.

Our company prepares both initial applications (Preliminary Questionnaire and Affidavit of Relationship) which are submitted in the United States to a voluntary refugee resettlement organization and the set of secondary applications which are submitted to Moscow Immigration Sub-office.

Refugees, asylees, and parolees are eligible to apply for permanent residence (Green Card) after one year of physical presence in the United States. Before receiving the Green Card they may travel abroad only after being granted Advance Parole or Refugee Travel Document.