Refugees in the US:
Who Qualifies for the Immigration Benefit?
The refugee status is a special legal protection granted to foreigners who have been victims of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion or political membership and are afraid to live in their home nation. Individuals who apply for a refugee status must live outside the United States. More than three million refugees have come to the US in the last 35 years.
Once you come to the United States as a refugee, you may fill out an application and send it to USCIS, which will determine if you are eligible for refugee resettlement. Keep in mind that before a final decision is taken, a USCIS officer may interview you. In your refugee claim, you can include your spouse and children (unmarried and under 21 years of age).
Take into consideration that each year the US resettles a limited number of refugees. An applicant can be inadmissible to the United States for a number of reasons, so it is better to seek expert advice before taking any actions. If you are currently living in the United States, you may apply for the asylum status instead.