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Who We Serve - Asylees

Published: October 2, 2012

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.)

View status and documentation requirements for asylees


Last Reviewed: May 16, 2019