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Immigration Law

This guide provides information on Texas and federal immigration laws.

Refugees & Asylum Seekers

About Refugees & Asylum Seekers

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, refugee status or asylum may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion. Refugees are generally people outside of their country who are unable or unwilling to return home because they fear serious harm. 

Asylum status is a form of protection available to people who meet the definition of refugee, are already in the United States, and are seeking admission at a port of entry. 

This page provides links to federal laws governing the processes for those seeking asylum and refuge in the United States and resources that help explain the law. 

Federal Law

United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP)

The United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is a consortium of federal, state and local government agencies, and volunteer nonprofit organizations tasked with overseeing, admitting, and resettling refugees in the United States. 

Understanding the Law

These resources provide a broad overview of information about the asylum process and U.S. refugee law.



E-Books from the Texas State Law Library

Many of the e-books available through the State Law Library contain forms or drafting guides.These e-books can be viewed by those who have signed up for a free library account with the State Law Library. Only Texas residents can register for a library account online. Signing up is free.