Who We Serve - Asylees
Asylees are individuals who, on their own, travel to the United States and subsequently apply for/receive a grant of asylum. Asylees do not enter the United States as refugees. They may enter as students, tourists, businessmen, or even in undocumented status. Once in the U.S., or at a land border or port of entry, they apply to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for asylum.
To qualify for a grant of asylum, the person must meet the legal definition of a refugee. Asylum status permits the person to remain in the United States. Individuals granted asylum are eligible for ORR assistance and services. (Note: persons who have a pending application for asylum but who have not been granted asylum are not eligible for ORR assistance and services. The only exception is for certain Cubans and Haitians.)