FAQ

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What is an Asylum Seeker?
An Asylum Seeker is someone who leaves their own country, due to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, and who travels to another country hoping that the government will protect them and allow them to live there.

What is the difference between an Asylum Seeker and a Refugee?
A refugee has an official status from the United Nations upon entering the country in which they are resettled. An asylum seeker is already in a non-country of origin in which they then seek to go through the legal process of claiming asylum so they do not have to return home.

Do all asylum seekers recieve legal status in the US? 
Not all asylum seekers are granted status. They must wait until they present  their cases to government officials, who then decide whether or not they are allowed to remain in the US- all on a case-by-case basis.

Are asylum seekers considered legal here in the US during this process?
Yes, during the proceedings asylum seekers are legally permitted to reside in the US throughout the duration of their case.

Why Buffalo?
Due to our closeness to the Canadian border, affordable housing and an already vibrant refugee community, Buffalo receives a significant number of asylum seekers.