Question by  cary (111)

How can an illegal immigrant become a refugee?


Answer by  patti (29325)

A refugee is a person who legitimately believes that for one reason or another his/her life is in danger should s/he be returned to his/her country. The individual would have to petition the US for status as a refugee and present specific reasons/evidence of the threat.


Answer by  Hepets84 (139)

Different countries have different rules for allowing immigrants to attain refugee status. In general, though, an illegal immigrant has to be able to prove that if returned to his home country he will face ill treatment due to his religious or political beliefs. In the U. S. , these hearings can be quite complicated and really do require a lawyers' services.


Answer by  Mary (2095)

An illegal immigrant cannot be a refugee, it is a status of the person in leaving their coutry. The person must be forced to leave because of their circumstances.


Answer by  anne (336)

You can apply for refugee status if you are originating for an approved list of refugee-countries or if your circumstances match those required for refugee status.


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

He or she can't. Well if there are some substantial grounds for requesting immigration then they need to be proved. Otherwise being an illegal immigrant can get you deported back.

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