Refugee Information in the United States

Refugee information 

This page by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides a comprehensive overview of the refugee process. 

U.S. Refugee Admissions Program Access Categories

Section 207(a)(3) of the INA says that USRAP shall allocate admissions among refugees “of special humanitarian concern to the United States in accordance with a determination made by the President after appropriate consultation.” This page details the three categories of individuals eligible to enter USRAP, known as “priorities.”

Refugee Processing Center(link is external) 

This page has links to the various resettlement agencies that have the Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) for refugee resettlement. 

Acceptable documents for refugees

A list of acceptable documents to obtain refugee status in the United States from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement. 

U.S. Asylum Information

Asylum Process  

This page by U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services provides a comprehensive overview of the asylum process. 

Family Reunification in the U.S.

UNHCR – Family Reunification(link is external)

This webpage by The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)  provides information on the family reunification process in the United States. 

Affidavit of Relationship(link is external)

An Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) is form for reunification of refugees and asylees with close relatives living outside of the U.S. This document gives eligible applications access to the U.S. Refugee Program. This brochure from Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services provides an overview of the AOR.