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Asylum Refugee

Asylum seekers and refugees can gain legal residency status in the United States if they meet certain criteria. The main difference between the two forms of relief is that asylum seekers are already on U.S. soil, while refugees are outside the U.S. Either group can enter the United States if they can show that in their own country, their lives are in danger or that they are persecuted on the basis of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Choose a link from the list below for more information on asylum and refugees.