U.S. Immigration Options for Syrians
Learn about potential US immigration options for you and your loved ones.
*Frequently Asked Questions*
If a visa application is denied or otherwise not feasible, 'humanitarian parole' may be an option as it allows an individual to come to the U.S. for a temporary period of time due to a compelling emergency, if all other avenues are exhausted; however, it is only given in rare circumstances.
** NOTE: On February 6, 2012, the U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria officially closed and halted all operations. The embassy stated that the Polish Embassy in Damascus will assist U.S. citizens remaining in Syria by providing limited consular services. Other processing may be available through the U.S. embassy in Amman, Jordan or other posts in the region. **
Given the current situation, some examples may include a Syrian national in the U.S. who attended protests in the U.S.; a Syrian national who is an active member (or closely related to an active member) of opposition-related organizations; or a Syrian national whose family member was harmed or killed by the Syrian government during a protest, etc.
Generally, the law does not apply to individuals who fear returning to their home country due to generalized violence, political instability, civil wars, criminal prosecution, harassment and/or discrimination, and economic or environmental reasons. However, even these reasons may suffice if they can be connected to one of the five listed reasons.
Asylum seekers are generally required to apply for asylum within 1 year of their arrival; however, given the unprecedented country conditions in Syria, exceptions may apply. Persecution must either be carried out by the government or a group the government cannot control. A person who is granted asylum may remain in the U.S. indefinitely and may apply for the green card after one year. Individuals who do not qualify for asylum may be eligible for withholding of removal or protection under the Convention Against Torture.
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