Asylum/Refugee Status

Thank you for your inquiry regarding obtaining asylum/refugee status in the United States.  Please find below information relevant to your inquiry.

If you are fleeing a civil war or natural disaster, you may not be eligible for resettlement directly under U.S. law.

However, you may fall within the protection of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Generally, you must be outside your homeland to be eligible for the U.S. refugee program.  Even if you are determined to be a refugee, you must still be admissible to the United States (a person can be found inadmissible for a variety of reasons, including criminal, health, or security-related grounds.)

You cannot be considered for refugee status if you have ordered, incited, assisted or otherwise participated in the persecution or harm of any person because of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

For more information visit our USRAP Consultations and Worldwide Processing Priorities and Refugee pages.

UNHCR Office in France:

Représentant pour la France du HCR
7 rue Henri Rochefort,, 75017 Paris, France
+33 1 44 434 858