The officer determines whether the applicant is eligible for refugee resettlement.
According to U.S. law, a refugee:
* Is located outside of the United States
* Is of special humanitarian concern to the United States
* Demonstrates that he/she was persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion,
nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group
* Is not firmly resettled in another country
* Is admissible to the United States
A refugee does not include anyone who ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise
participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion,
nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
If the applicant is approved as a refugee, he/she will receive a medical exam,
cultural orientation, and a loan (which must be repaid) for travel to the United States.
When the refugee arrives in the U.S., he/she is met at the airport by members from the assigned resettlement agency and taken to his/her new apartment. The resettlement agency assists with initial needs, such as applying for a Social Security Number, school registration, and medical evaluation.