Who is a Refugee?
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country due to war, persecution, or violence. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries. Refugees have a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Due to this persecution, refugees cannot return to their home country.
Who is an Asylee?
An asylee is someone who has fled their own country to seek sanctuary in another country. Upon arrival, they apply for asylum – the right to be recognized as a refugee and receive legal protection and material assistance. An asylum seeker must demonstrate that his or her fear of persecution in his or her home country is well-founded.
Last year, Texas welcomed over 10,000 refugees from around the world. More than 75% of the refugees resettled in Texas fled from Bhutan, Burma, or Iraq. Most refugees have undergone extreme physical and psychological hardship, but culture shock, limited English, and other barriers often prevent them from accessing the health care they need.
We serve individuals who have a valid 1-94 and I -551 Green Card (Legal Permanent Resident card), a valid social security card, and have been in the United States for less than 5 years who belong in one of the following categories:
- Refugees under section 207 of the INA
- Asylees under section 208 of the INA
- Amerasians with passport code (AM1, AM2)
- Special immigrant visa holders (SIV)
- Paroled as a refugee or asylee under section 212(d)5 of the INA
For more information, please contact Mirjana Omeragic at [email protected] or (214) 821-5393 ext. 243.