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I am a refugee
How do I get a refugee
A person with refugee or asylum status who wishes to travel
outside the United States needs a Refugee Travel Document in order
to return to the United States.
In most cases, a refugee or asylee may use the Refugee Travel
Document for travel in place of a passport. The Refugee Travel
Document is similar in appearance to a U.S. passport.
How do I apply for a Refugee Travel Document
To apply for a Refugee Travel Document, file Form I-131,
Application for Travel Document. Filing instructions and forms
are available on our Web site at www.uscis.gov. Follow the
instructions on the form carefully. For further information please visit
our Web site or call Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283.
How long is a Refugee Travel Document valid
A Refugee Travel Document is valid for up to 1 year.
I have been granted asylum or refugee status in the
United States, and I need to travel abroad. Can I file a
Form I-131 for a Refugee Travel Document after I leave
the United States
You should file a Form I-131 for a Refugee Travel Document before
you leave the United States. We recommend that you file the form
no less than 60 days before you leave the United States.
If you do not file for a Refugee Travel Document before you leave
the United States, a USCIS office overseas has discretion to accept
your application. You may only apply if you have been outside the
United States for less than 1 year at the time of filing. You should
not, however, assume that an overseas office will automatically
exercise this discretion, particularly if it is evident that you could
have filed your Form I-131 before you left the United States.
If I file Form I-131 to get a Refugee Travel Document
while I am in the United States, will USCIS deny the Form
I-131 if I leave the United States while the form is still
We recommend that you file Form I-131 while you are in the United
States. However it is not required for you to be present in the United
States for USCIS to approve your Form I-131 and issue a Refugee
Travel Document if your biometrics (photograph, fingerprints) have
been obtained. You can indicate on your Form I-131 that you want
USCIS to send your Refugee Travel Document to a U.S. Embassy or
consulate, or a DHS office overseas, so you can pick it up from one
of those facilities.
If I file Form I-131 for a Refugee Travel Document while I
am in the United States, can I submit my biometrics while
I am outside the United States
No. When you file your Form I-131 to obtain a Refugee Travel
Document, USCIS will notify you when to appear at the designated
Application Support Center (ASC) for collection of your biometrics.
You must provide your biometrics at the ASC while you are in the
United States. If you leave the United States before you have your
biometrics collected, USCIS may deny your application.
If a USCIS office overseas in its discretion permits you to file Form
I-131 for a Refugee Travel Document while you are abroad, that
office will advise you about the procedures for submitting biometrics.
To complete your biometrics, you may need to visit a USCIS office or
a U.S. Embassy, consulate, or military installation for fingerprinting.
Can I travel back to the country where I experienced past
persecution or claim a fear of future persecution
Yes. However, if you have been granted asylum, you should be
aware that your grant of asylum may be terminated if, among
other things, it is determined that you voluntarily availed yourself
of the protection of your country of nationality, you have acquired
a new nationality, or you are no longer eligible for asylum due to a
fundamental change in circumstances. Similarly, your asylum status
may be terminated if there was fraud in your application such that
you were not eligible for asylum. Therefore, if your travel suggests
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