U.S. Refugee Program

To be eligible for consideration under the U.S. Refugee program, an applicant must meet the definition of a refugee: a person outside the United States who has been persecuted or has a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. In addition, he or she must be able to establish that he or she is not already firmly resettled in a foreign country and must fall within certain refugee processing priorities.

U.S. Refugee Program

The USCIS Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) District Office and Rome Field Office do not accept refugee resettlement applications directly.
Persons interested in being considered for the US Refugee Program should contact the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). UNHCR in Rome is located at Via Caroncini 19, 00197 Rome, Telephone 06.802.121, Fax 06.8021.2324.


The United States does not grant asylum in its diplomatic premises abroad. Under U.S. law, the United States grants asylum only to aliens who are physically present in the United States.

Additional Information

For more information please see the Refugee and Asylum webpages on the USCIS website.