How are refugees admitted?

The process to come to the United States as a refugee is long and arduous. Every potential refugee is vetted by the US government again and again. Here is the vetting process as it currently functions:

STEP 1: A refugee flees their country of origin due to persecution or fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group or due to a natural disaster. They end up in another country.

STEP 2: In the new country, the refugee identifies him or herself to the UN High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) which confirms refugee status and need for resettlement

STEP 3: The refugee is received by a Resettlement Support Center that collects identifying documents and starts the process of Biographic Security Checks.

STEP 4: The National Counterterrorism Center, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and State Department Screen the candidate. Refugees are subject to the Highest Level of Security Checks of any category of traveler to the US.

STEP 5: USCIS officers interview the refugee and collect biometric information (including fingerprints).

STEP 6: Biometric Security Checks are run.

STEP 7: The refugee undergoes medical screenings.

STEP 8: The refugee completes cultural orientation and is assessed to determine the best resettlement location.

STEP 9: The family travels to the US and is met by a resettlement agency, such as HIAS Pennsylvania, that helps provide housing, connects the refugee to school. jobs, healthcare, etc.

STEP 10: After a year, refugees can apply for a green card.

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