The US provides certain protections for immigrants who suffer persecution in their home countries because of their:
- Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity
- Political Opinion
- Membership in a particular social group
These persecuted individuals may qualify for asylum or refugee status depending on whether they apply from inside or outside the United States.
Asylum status is granted to immigrants who are already in the US and fear returning to their home countries because of the persecution they face at home.
Visit the following page for more information on the Asylum Process, this website provides detailed information on the benefits and the process for obtaining asylum status.
Refugee status is granted to immigrants in a US Consulate or Embassy outside of the US when they face persecution in their home country.
Visit the following page for more information on the Regufee Process, this website provides detailed information on the benefits and the process for obtaining asylum status.
For information on travelling outside of the United states as a refugee or asylee see Travel Outside of the US: A guide for non-citizens. This information is also available in French/Polish/Spanish.