Refugees | Immigration Law Firm Alexandria

Welcoming refugees

When someone seeks refuge in the United States, they expect that the government will protect them from danger if they were to return home. Our office can help to guide you through the USCIS process to seek asylum. Political asylum is also afforded to  individuals already in the United States and unable to return to home due to persecution.  Refugees could demonstrate a fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

Upon obtaining asylum, an individual is then usually able to apply for an adjustment of status to Legal Permanent Residency. 

You may contact our law firm for additional information regarding refugees.  It is important to work with an experienced attorney because sometimes individuals are permanently barred from seeking adjustment of status, cancellation of removal or voluntary departure if the immigration judge finds that a refugee application was frivolous.

What makes someone a refugee?

In order to be considered a refugee by the United States, person must meet the following qualifications:

  • A refugee must be currently outside of the United States
  • The refugee’s plight is of special humanitarian concern to the United States
  • The refugee should prove that they fear persecution in their home country
  • The refugee has not resettled in another country
  • The refugee is admissible to the United States

Can I work in the United States if I am a refugee?

Yes, upon arrival in the United States, you will receive a Form I-94 with a refugee admission stamp.  The government will also file Form I-765 for you to receive an Employment Authorization Document. In the meantime, you may show your Form I-94 to your employer as proof of work authorization.

Can I get a Green Card after being admitted as a refugee?

Yes, but you must apply for a Green Card within the first year of your admission as a refugee. You must file I-485, Application for Permanent Residency. If you were admitted as a refugee, there is no filing fee required.

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