Political Asylum and the United States Refugee Program
U.S. Refugee Program:
To be eligible for consideration under the U.S. Refugee program, an applicant must meet the definition of a refugee: a person outside of his/her country of nationality or outside his/her habitual residence, who is unwilling or unable to return to that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. In addition, he or she must be able to establish that he or she is not already firmly resettled in a foreign country and must fall within certain refugee processing priorities.
The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is administered by Bureau
of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) and requires an in-person interview
with an officer from the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS). Applicants for admission to the United States under the program are
processed through partner organizations
in various locations. There is no refugee processing at the US Embassy in Damascus.
For more information on the USRAP please visit the PRM website: http://www.state.gov/j/prm/ra/index.htm
Please note that most applications to the USRAP are initially referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a country of asylum. However, the United States government cannot take responsibility for the movement of applicants, can offer no assistance to applicants seeking necessary permission or visas to effect such movement, and can offer no guarantee to another country that the applicant entering that country will be accepted for entry into the United States as a refugee.