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What is the Difference Between a Refugee and an Asylee?

In the complex world of immigration, it is crucial to understand the distinctions between various legal statuses. Two commonly misunderstood terms are "refugee" and "asylee." While both categories involve individuals seeking protection in a foreign country, their legal definitions and processes differ significantly. Our U.S. immigration lawyers aim to provide a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the differences between refugees and asylees, empowering you with knowledge for your immigration journey.

Refugee Status

A refugee is a person forced to flee their home country due to persecution, war, or violence. They seek refuge in another country and are granted protection under international laws and treaties. The refugee status is typically determined before the individual enters the host country. This status is granted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or the host country.

Key Points:

  • Refugee status is determined before entry into the host country.
  • UNHCR or host country grants refugee status.
  • Refugees often go through a lengthy application and review process.

Asylum Status

An asylee, on the other hand, is an individual who seeks protection within the borders of another country due to fear of persecution. They apply for asylum upon arrival in the host country or shortly thereafter. Asylum seekers are already on the soil of the host country when they request protection.

Key Points:

  • Asylum status is sought upon arrival or shortly after in the host country.
  • The host country's government grants asylum.
  • Asylum seekers undergo an application and review process, which can also be lengthy.

Legal Protections

Both refugees and asylees receive protection from the host country and are not forcibly returned to their home country. They are allowed to live and work in the host country and may have a path to permanent residency and, eventually, citizenship.

Contact Our Florida Refugee & Asylee Lawyers

Understanding the differences between refugees and asylees is crucial for individuals seeking protection and a better life in a foreign country. By grasping the legal definitions, processes, and rights associated with each status, you can make informed decisions and effectively navigate the complexities of the immigration system. Remember, the American Dream® Law Office is here to provide expert guidance and support throughout your immigration journey.

At American Dream® Law Office, we are committed to helping individuals like you navigate the complexities of immigration law. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in your pursuit of a better future.

Call us at (813) 499-1250 24/7 to schedule a strategy session with Florida Immigration Attorney Ahmad Yakzan to discuss your options. We have multilingual staff.

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