Refugee Resettlement Program
From time to time and for different political or religious reasons people are forced to seek refuge and resettlement in third countries, including the United States. Request to be recognized as a refugee is only considered for those in urgent need of protection.
The United States refugee resettlement program considers persons for admission into the United States as refugees of special humanitarian concern. Those people who meet the definition of a refugee and who are otherwise admissible to the United States may be resettled in the United States if they have not been firmly resettled in a third country. (Even if inadmissible many grounds of inadmissibility may be waived for refugees.)
Generally, refugees are people who are outside of their homeland and have been persecuted in their homeland or have a well-founded fear of persecution there on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.