When asylum is granted, it means that the asylee will have the opportunity to live and work legally in the United States and will eventually have the opportunity to apply for lawful permanent residence and citizenship.
However, the Department of Homeland Security can, at least theoretically, reopen the case and attempt to terminate asylum and seek the removal of the asylee if it is determined that any one of a number of conditions are met: that country conditions have fundamentally changed such that the asylee no longer fears persecution; that the asylee committed a serious crime, either persecutory in nature or non-political outside of the United States; that the asylee poses a threat to the security of the United States; that the asylee was firmly resettled outside the United States prior to her arrival; that the asylee may be removed pursuant to a bi-lateral agreement to a safe third country that will provide protections; that the asylee has voluntarily returned to her home country; or, that the asylee has acquired a new nationality.
Practically speaking, attempts to revoke asylum are rare without new evidence that the asylee has committed a serious crime in the United States or fraudulently obtained asylum. It is important to note, however, that asylum is not a permanent, guaranteed status for life in the United States. For that reason, it is essential to encourage all asylees to apply for lawful permanent residence one year from the date on which they were granted asylum.
31.1 Change of Address
It is very important that asylum seekers and asylees keep CIS apprised of any changes in address. If your client’s application for asylum is pending or has already been granted, she should file her change of address form with CIS. This form (AR-11) is available athttp://www.uscis.gov/ar-11. As with all forms sent to Immigration, the applicant should keep a copy of the form and mail it certified mail, return receipt requested. It is not generally necessary for the attorney to send in this form on the client’s behalf.
If the applicant has a case pending in Immigration Court, he must use form EOIR 33 which is available atwww.usdoj.gov/eoir/eoirforms/eoir33/ICadr33.htm. This form should also be copied and mailed certified mail, return receipt requested. A copy of the form must also be served on the ICE district counsel.
Even after an asylum applicant has won asylum, she must continue to inform CIS of address changes. This is especially important while her application for legal permanent residence is pending. If the applicant moves after filing for residency and later misses correspondence from CIS, her application could be denied and she could have to re-apply, adding several years to her wait to become a resident.
31.2 Derivative Asylum for Spouse and Children
Immediate family members present in the United States and included in the original asylum application automatically receive asylum together with the principal applicant. “Immediate family members” include the asylee’s spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age.
Note: if the asylee won based on sexual orientation, but is still legally married to a spouse abroad, he is technically permitted to file a derivative application for her, but the application, acknowledging an ongoing opposite sex relationship, could lead to the underlying asylum application being reopened. If the applicant has minor children abroad, and testified about the opposite sex relationship that resulted in the children, he should be able to apply for derivative status for the children. The asylee must petition for immediate relatives within a two-year period after being granted asylum. This period may be extended for humanitarian reasons.
31.3 Eligibility for Employment and a Social Security Number
As an asylee, your client is automatically eligible to work in the United States, and DOES NOT need an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).Seeuscis.gov/graphics/lawsregs/handbook/Asylees031003.pdf.
Your client is eligible for an unrestricted social security card that along with proof of identity is sufficient to establish that she is eligible to work in the United States. Seewww.ssa.gov/immigration/documents.htm. Unrestricted social security cards are obtained by applying with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Asylees will need to bring the original grant of asylum to the SSA, along with other proof of identity and signature. This card is only available following a final grant of asylum, and will not be issued if the Department of Homeland Security has reserved appeal. Asylees with final grants should wait approximately ten days to two weeks following a grant to request an unrestricted card, and applicants will receive the cards in the mail roughly two weeks after they have applied. SSA will provide a letter detailing this process upon application, and this letter will be sufficient for applying for public benefits as an asylee.
While no asylee is required to possess an EAD, many asylees do not possess sufficient proof of identity to easily obtain identity documents, including state IDs or Drivers’ Licenses. Accordingly, many asylees who do not possess a valid passport or other government-issued picture/signature identity card choose to apply for an EAD. An EAD, valid for one year, is offered free of charge to asylees upon initial application, but subject to a fee for subsequent renewal applications.
Congress has recently recognized that asylees often need an identity document immediately to begin their lives in the United States, and recently decided that EADs would be automatically provided to persons granted asylum at the Asylum Office.
It should be noted that an EAD should not be used as a substitute for an unrestricted social security card and a state-issued ID card. The latter two documents should be used, as soon as they are available, as proof of eligibility to accept employment in the United States when completing an I-9 form with a potential employer.
Some potential employers illegally require that asylees present an EAD as proof of employment eligibility. Such a demand is document abuse, and should be reported to the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices.
31.4 Public Benefits
Asylees are entitled to certain public benefits. For the first seven years after being granted asylum, asylees are eligible for Social Security Income, Medicaid, and Food Stamps, and a variety of other benefits and services. Eligibility for many of these programs may extend past the first seven years. However, most of these programs themselves are time-limited, and individuals may only be able to receive benefits for periods of three months to a year, depending on the programs. Other programs may be available continuously.
Asylees who would like to access public benefits should speak to a qualified public benefits counselor as soon as possible upon their final grant of asylum. Clients with cases on appeal or who possess a conditional approval or a recommended approval are not eligible for most benefits until the appeal is complete or a final approval is granted. Some benefits, such as Safety Net benefits only require that an applicant demonstrate PRUCOL (permanently residing under color of law) status and a pending application may be sufficient for this purpose. Additionally, in many states, HIV-positive foreign nationals can receive HIV/AIDS treatment and medication under the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) regardless of immigration status.
Some benefits programs administered through the Office for Refugee Resettlement provide benefits available only to asylees, refugees, and victims of human trafficking. Such programs include refugee cash and medical assistance, and should be accessed through a licensed refugee resettlement agency. Other clients should contact the CLINIC Asylee Hotline at 1-800-354-0365 to be placed with a refugee resettlement agency. In addition to administering benefits programs and providing general public benefits counseling, these agencies often provide English classes, employment training and placement programs, mental health programs, youth and elderly services, and referrals to other social service agencies as necessary.
It is important for the asylee to understand that unlike most other foreign nationals who may apply for legal permanent residence, asylees are not required to prove that they are not likely to become a public charge. Thus, they can receive government financial benefits without jeopardizing their future ability to obtain permanent residence in the United States.
Asylees are required to report all income earned in the United States to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and to pay taxes on that income.
31.6 Selective Service Registration
All males in the United States between 18 and 26 years of age are required to register for the draft. Asylees and asylum seekers are not exempt. Failure to register may have implications for your client when he applies to become a U.S. citizen. Information about the Selective Service can be found atwww.sss.gov.
31.7 International Travel
Asylees can travel outside the United States with refugee travel documents.1It is essential that the asylee not return to her home country until she has become a U.S. citizen and can travel with a U.S. passport. If the asylee does return to her home country, DHS could refuse to allow her to reenter the United States on the grounds that she implicitly no longer fears persecution.
Asylees must only travel with a United States issued Refugee Travel Document. If an asylee travels with the passport issued by the country from which she has been granted asylum, she can be seen as availing herself of the protections of her government which could lead to a finding by the U.S. government that she no longer needs asylum protection.
While asylees may have technical grounds of inadmissibility (such as unlawful presence in the U.S. or prior entry with a false passport), these immigration violations do not generally put an asylee at risk if he or she travels abroad.2
If, however, an asylee has any criminal convictions in the U.S., he or she should consult with an immigration attorney before traveling outside the U.S.
Asylees should understand, however, that even after obtaining legal permanent residence, they will have to use a Refugee Travel Document to travel abroad. It is only after an asylee becomes a U.S. citizen that he will be eligible for a U.S. passport. Asylees should also understand that until they obtain U.S. citizenship they cannot travel back to their countries. When they apply to naturalize, they will have to list all international travel after obtaining legal permanent residence in the United States, and a DHS Official could re-open the asylum grant upon learning that the applicant traveled back to his country.
Individuals who have won withholding of removal or relief under the Convention against Torture, can never travel abroad. Leaving the United States would amount to self-enforcement of a removal order and they would not be permitted to re-enter the United States.
31.8 Asylee’s Adjustment of Status to Permanent Residence
After having been granted asylum, an asylee is eligible to apply to adjust her status to legal permanent residence (green card) with CIS one year after being granted asylum.3Residents may submit petitions to sponsor certain family members – spouses, minor children, and unmarried adult sons and daughters – for legal permanent residence.
To apply for adjustment of status, an asylee must prove that she: a) has been physically present in the United States for one year after having been granted asylum; b) remains a “refugee” (i.e. with a “well-founded fear of persecution,” etc.); c) has not been firmly resettled in any foreign country, and; d) is not “inadmissible” or warrants a waiver of applicable grounds of “inadmissibility.”4
The asylee must file the following documents with CIS:
- Form I-485and appropriate fee (or fee waiver request);
- Fingerprint fee (this fee cannot be waived);
- 2 passport style photographs;
- Form G-325A;
- Evidence of asylee status (copy of I-94 and letter granting asylum or decision by Immigration Judge) ;
- Birth certificate (if available);
- Proof that applicant has been living in the United States for the last year (such as copy of lease, bills, pay stubs, or receipt of government benefits);
- Proof of legal change of name (if applicant has legally changed her name since winning asylee status.
Unlike most applicants for legal permanent residence, asylees are not required to prove that they are not “likely to become a public charge.” Thus, if an asylee has been receiving means-tested benefits such as public assistance or SSI, this will not prevent his eligibility for legal permanent residence. Also, adjustment applicants may request a waiver of the filing fee for the adjustment application if they can demonstrate that paying the fee would result in financial hardship. For further guidance on CIS fee waiver criteria, see the following CIS memos:uscis.gov/graphics/publicaffairs/newsrels/FeeWaiver03_29_04.pdfanduscis.gov/graphics/lawsregs/handbook/FeeWaiverGd3404.pdf.
Eventually, after filing, the applicant will receive an interview notice5along with a medical examination form that he will have to get completed for the interview as instructed.
Applicants for adjustment of status who entered the United States with fraudulent documents (such as a passport purchased on the black market) will also have to submit an application for a waiver of inadmissibility. This waiver would also be submitted on form I-602.uscis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/i-602.htm.
Although the asylee’s asylum application and supporting documentation are part of her file with the CIS Officer, the adjustment interview will focus on eligibility for adjustment to permanent residence, not on the underlying asylum claim. If, however, there is a reason for the Officer to suspect that the applicant no longer fears returning to her home country, (for example, if the applicant has traveled home to her country, or if asylum was granted based on the applicant’s lesbian identity and she is now married to a man), then the Officer can ask questions about whether or not the applicant continues to meet the standard for asylee and/or whether or not the underlying asylum application was fraudulent.
A legal permanent resident is permitted to submit an application for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen five years after becoming a resident. However, once an asylee is granted adjustment to permanent residence, the date of admission is given as that of one year before the date of approval of the adjustment of status application, effectively reducing the wait to apply to naturalize to four years.6
This status will afford the full protections under the law, and permanent, virtually irrevocable status in the United States. This final step in the immigration process may well be 10 years or more from the date your client files an asylum application. Advising your client of the on-going nature of proceedings with the Department of Homeland Security is imperative to the success of a new life in the United States.
This Manual is intended to provide information to attorneys and accredited representatives. It is not intended as legal advice. Asylum seekers should speak with qualified attorneys before applying.
- 8 C.F.R. § 223.1(b).
- However, in an INS memo issued on September 25, 2000, then INS General Counsel Bo Cooper stated:An asylee or refugee returning with a valid refugee travel document must be examined as to his or her admissibility. 8. C.F.R. Sec. 223.3(d)(2)(1). Webelieve that in the case of asylees, however, this requirement only applies to those grounds of inadmissibility that would also constitute grounds for termination of asylum under 8 C.F.R. Sec. 208.23. If an asylee arrives with a valid and unexpired refugee travel document and the inspecting officer determines that he or she is inadmissible, 8 C.F.R. Sec. 208.23(f) directs the INS to issue a notice of intent to terminate asylum and initiate removal proceedings under Sec. 240 of the Act. This would be an exercise in futility unless the ground of inadmissibility were also a ground of termination, such as an aggravated felony or national security related ground. By virtue of obtaining the refugee travel document, the asylee retains his or her asylum status unless that status is terminated under 8 C.F.R. Sec.§ 208.22.’See77 Interpreter Releases 1391.
- 8 C.F.R. § 209.2.
- 8 C.F.R. § 209.2(a)(1)(ii); 8 C.F.R. § 209.2(a)(1)(iii); 8 C.F.R. § 209.2(a)(1)(iv); 8 C.F.R. § 209.2(a)(1)-(v).
- Note: not all asylee adjustment applicants are interviews. Some applications are adjudicated entirely on paper by mail. If there is an issue which requires a waiver, such as HIV-positive status, or use of fraudulent documents, however, the applicant will almost certainly require a waiver. Also, since Immigraiton has speeded up processing asylee adjustments, they have been requiring the applicant to submit a medical examination form with the adjustment packet.
- 8 C.F.R. § 209.2(f).
The information contained herein is for reference only and may not be up to date. It does not constitute legal advice. You should always consult an attorney regarding your matter.
Article 31 of the 1951 Refugee Convention is concerned with "refugees unlawfully in the country of refuge."Are asylees considered citizens? ›
Refugees and asylees may apply for naturalization 5 years after the date of their admission to lawful permanent residence. Asylees are admitted to lawful permanent resident status as of the date 1 year before the approval of their Form I-485.What is the immigration status for pending asylum? ›
You will have a pending asylee status if you've applied for asylum and are waiting for a decision on your application. If you have pending asylee status, you are no longer unlawfully present in the U.S. Having this status means you are authorized to stay in the U.S., pending the outcome of your application.What are the benefits of an asylee? ›
What are some of the benefits and services I can receive as an asylee? From the date of granted asylum, asylees may receive up to 12 months of RCA to help meet their most basic needs, such as food, shelter, and transportation.Who does Article 31 apply to? ›
Article 31 of Uniform Code of Military Justice (10 U.S.C. § 831) protects service members against compulsory self-incrimination and requires that they be informed of the alleged offense before being questioned.What was Article 31? ›
Article 31, 31A, 31B and 31C
Originally, the right to property was one of the seven fundamental rights and provided that no person shall be deprived of his property except by authority of law.
Both refugees and asylees must meet this legal standard; the difference is in where they apply for protection. A refugee applies for protection while overseas and enters the United States (U.S.) as a refugee, while an asylee requests protection and is granted asylum within the U.S.What rights do asylees have? ›
Asylees are entitled to certain public benefits. For the first seven years after being granted asylum, asylees are eligible for Social Security Income, Medicaid, and Food Stamps, and a variety of other benefits and services. Eligibility for many of these programs may extend past the first seven years.How long does asylee status last? ›
As an asylee, you have automatic work authorization that does not expire, regardless of whether or not you have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). To apply for an EAD or to renew an EAD, talk to your attorney and/or visit here. 3) a valid photo ID to prove their eligibility to work.Can an asylee change status? ›
Eligible asylees may apply for adjustment of status on a Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
Immigration officials will not readjudicate asylum status. However, the USCIS officer will likely deny adjustment of status and even move to terminate asylum status if there is new evidence that the asylee may not have met the definition of a refugee at the time of the asylum grant.Can asylee apply for citizenship without green card? ›
You may count at least one year of your time as a refugee or asylee toward your required five years of permanent residence. By Ilona Bray, J.D. Nearly everyone wishing to apply for U.S. citizenship (naturalization) must prove that he or she has had permanent residence (a green card) for a minimum number of years.What does asylum status give you? ›
If your asylum application is approved, you will be allowed to live and work legally in the U.S.1 You will be able to apply for lawful permanent residence (a “green card”) after you have been in asylum status in the U.S. for one year.Can asylum lead to green card? ›
They may be documented or undocumented. This violence and fear must be due to the fact that they are a member of a particular social group or have a specific political opinion. Under U.S. immigration law, asylum-seekers can apply for a green card through adjustment of status one year after receiving their asylum grant.Can an asylee be denied citizenship? ›
If you are not able to explain inconsistencies, USCIS may deny your naturalization application and question the legitimacy of your asylum application.What does Article 31 require a suspect to be advised of? ›
Id. At a minimum, “[p]rior to any questioning, the person must be warned that he has a right to remain silent, that any statement he does make may be used as evidence against him, and that he has a right to...an attorney.” Id.What is the 31st Amendment? ›
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.Is Article 31 c removed? ›
With Article 31, 19(1)(g) and Article 31C being stated as unconstitutional and its second part been shifted to Article 300A for making the fundamental right only a constitutional right, the property law kept diminishing.When did Article 31 get removed? ›
This Article was deleted from Part III of the Constitution by the Constitution (Forty-fourth Amendment) Act, 1978, and a modified version was inserted as Article 300A.Is Article 31 C constitutional? ›
Article 31C was inserted by the 25th Amendment Act of 1971. It contained provisions related to the saving of laws giving effect to certain directive principles.
The right to property is an economic right and not a political right. Thus, it is the correct option.Can an asylee be deported? ›
An asylee's greatest concern is conviction of a “particularly serious crime,” including any aggravated felony. Such a conviction may result in the termination of his or her asylum status, after which he or she can be removed for grounds of inadmissibility.Can an asylee marry a US citizen? ›
Yes, you can get married before a final decision is made, but it is important to note that you will need to answer (to USCIS officer) questions on why you decided to marry a US citizen while your application was pending.How long does it take for asylee to get green card? ›
You can anticipate that adjusting status to permanent resident will take about 8 to 14 months for asylee-based green card applications. For a look at what happens after filing your adjustment application, review the Form I-485 processing time.Can you lose asylee status? ›
Asylum Granted by USCIS or INS. USCIS may initiate termination of asylum status if USCIS or legacy Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) initially granted the status. USCIS may not terminate asylum status granted by an immigration judge (IJ) or the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).Does asylum give you citizenship? ›
If you are granted asylum, you may apply for a green card (also known as lawful permanent residence) one year after the date upon which you were granted final asylum status. Generally, a green card holder can apply for U.S. citizenship after 5 years of continuous permanent residence.How do you prove asylee status? ›
You may also apply for a Social Security card with the asylum approval notice or the Form I-94 that USCIS issued to you showing that you are an asylee, along with an official government-issued identification document containing a photo (such as an unexpired foreign passport or driver's license).What are the 2 types of asylum? ›
Forms of asylum
There are two paths to claim asylum in the U.S. The affirmative asylum process is for individuals who are not in removal proceedings and the defensive asylum process is for individuals who are in removal proceedings.
Migrants in the USA have been leaving to try to get asylum in Canada. They believe it will be easier to get asylum there. But most people who enter Canada at an official border from the United States cannot make a refugee claim in Canada. This is because of an agreement between the two countries.Can an asylee go back to home country after green card? ›
Generally, asylees need travel documents or advance parole to regain entry back to the US. Since asylum status cases vary from one individual to another, it's important to seek legal advice from a seasoned immigration attorney before going back home or traveling abroad.
There is currently no way to sponsor a refugee to come to the U.S., but there are other ways you can help. U.S. citizens have a certain amount of power to sponsor foreign-born people to obtain visas for permanent U.S. residence, otherwise known as green cards.Is asylum a lawful status? ›
The regulation at 8 C.F.R. § 245. l(d)(l) defines "lawful immigration status" as limited to six categories and does not include a pending asylum application as one of the categories.Can I change my asylum status to work permit? ›
They can only apply for permission to work if: they have waited over 12 months for an initial decision on their asylum claim or for a response to a further submission for asylum; and. they are not considered responsible for the delay in decision-making.Does asylee need interview for green card? ›
All applicants for adjustment of status under INA 245 must be interviewed unless USCIS determines that the interview is unnecessary. 1 The decision to interview an asylee or refugee adjustment applicant is made on a case-by-case basis.Can you be deported after asylum denied? ›
If you are still denied asylum by federal court – or if you do not file an appeal when the immigration judge denies your case – you will probably be deported. It is almost impossible to do any of this successfully without an attorney with experience in asylum.Can asylee apply for green card before year? ›
U.S. immigration law allows asylees to apply for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status after they have been physically present in the U.S. for at least one year since being granted asylum.Can an asylee buy a house? ›
Any non-U.S. citizen, including permanent residents, temporary residents, non-residents, refugees, asylum seekers and those who are recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) relief, can buy property in this country.What are the 5 grounds for asylum? ›
This module provides you with an understanding of the requirements needed to establish that persecution or feared persecution is “on account of” one or more of the five protected grounds in the refugee definition: race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.What is the difference between asylum and refugee status? ›
An asylum seeker is a person who has left their country and is seeking protection from persecution and serious human rights violations in another country, but who hasn't yet been legally recognized as a refugee and is waiting to receive a decision on their asylum claim. Seeking asylum is a human right.Can asylee invite parents? ›
And refugees can bring family members along on their application. That means naming family members on either Form I-590 (for refugees) or Form I-589 (for asylees). (You must name them in any case, whether or not they are currently with you or intend to come to the United States.)
Technically, asylum applicants CAN travel outside the U.S., but it's usually not a good idea. Even with a pending asylum application, the person will be subjected to questioning from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when attempting to return to the United States.Can a pending asylee travel outside US? ›
If you are a refugee or asylee and wish to travel outside the United States, you will need to apply for a Refugee Travel Document. The Refugee Travel Document will allow you to travel outside of and return to the United States, while maintaining your status.What is the purpose of Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child? ›
States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
Moreover, Articles 31 and 32 are not intended to be an exhaustive enumeration of the factors which may be taken into account in interpretation. Rather, these articles are intended to deal only with "the comparatively few general principles \vhich appear to constitute general rules for the interpretation of treaties".Why is it important to administer a suspect Article 31 rights and when should you do it? ›
Miller: You said Article 31 warnings must be provided prior to interrogation about an official law enforcement or disciplinary inquiry. Interrogation means words or action by the interrogator that is either intended or reasonably likely to illicit an incriminating response.What is the purpose of the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees? ›
The 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol are the key legal documents that form the basis of our work. With 149 State parties to either or both, they define the term 'refugee' and outlines the rights of refugees, as well as the legal obligations of States to protect them.What does Article 31 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples State? ›
Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.How do you implement Article 31 children have the right to relax play and join in a wide range of leisure activities? ›
- researching developmental play activities.
- creating a safe and stimulating environment for play time.
- playing with your child and encouraging children to play alone.
- giving children opportunities to play with other children outdoors.
Article 28 – All children have the right to an education. Article 29 – Education should help the development of a child's personality, talents and physical abilities so they can reach their full potential.Is Article 31 of VCLT customary international law? ›
Articles 31 and 32 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties set forth, respectively, the general rule of interpretation and the rule on supplementary means of interpretation. These rules also apply as customary international law.
Grand Council Treaty #3 was planned to be the first post-Confederation treaty, but the Anishinaabe held firm that they would not cede lands, nor allow farming or settlement, in their territory. On October 3, 1873, the 55,000 square miles of territory agreed to be shared between the Anishinaabe and the British.What are the two factors that must be present before Miranda rights are required to be read? ›
Officers need to give the Miranda warnings only when they (1) take suspects into custody and (2) interrogate (question) them. Both factors must be present for Miranda rights to kick in. In custody. An officer takes a person into custody when they deprive a person of their freedom in any significant way.What is the purpose of an Article 32 investigation? ›
The purpose of an Article 32 Preliminary Hearing is to conduct a “Pretrial Preliminary Hearing” (pre Courts-Martial hearing) to inquire into the facts and substance of the accusation(s) set forth in the charges; to consider the form of the charges; and to determine what disposition should be made of the case in the ...Do service members have the right to remain silent? ›
It is perfectly legal to remain silent, even if you are not in official custody, a privilege granted to service members because of the “uniquely coercive factors present in a military environment.” This is the biggest difference between civilian Miranda rights and Article 31 for Armed Forces personnel.What is the difference between a refugee and an asylum seeker? ›
An asylum seeker is a person who has left their country and is seeking protection from persecution and serious human rights violations in another country, but who hasn't yet been legally recognized as a refugee and is waiting to receive a decision on their asylum claim. Seeking asylum is a human right.What is Article 33 of the Refugee Convention? ›
Under article 33 of the Refugee Convention, refugees cannot be sent to a place where they may be persecuted. This fundamental principle is known as non-refoulement. This principle now also applies to places where a person may suffer torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.