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Asylum seekers-Refugees

Israel has signed and ratified the UN International Convention on Human Rights. Article 1 (A) (2) of the International Convention defines a “refugee” as someone who does not reside in his country. And he/she had to flee his/her own country because of persecution, war, or a serious risk of injury and not be able to get protection in his/her own country.

If he/she wants emergency help or applies for asylum–refugee status In Israel, according to the UN Convention, they can seek protection or refugee status through the Immigration authority in Israel. Whether they can seek protection and refugee status through a lawyer, once they are inside Israel, can start procedures for refugee status in Israel.

Who can apply for refugee status in Israel?

According to international conventions and Israeli laws for refugees, a person who fears persecution for political, religious, racial, ethnic, Nationality, torture, the risk to their life, a risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment (including the person cannot change, such as gender, or sexual orientation) in his/her country, and if the person cannot get protection from their own government, He/she can apply for refugee status.

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In order to gain refugee status in Israel, an individual must prove that they have been forced to leave their country as a result of a “well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion or political opinion”. The Israeli government will grant refugees temporary residence only if there is evidence that their lives are at immediate risk of persecution or torture in their homeland. They are required to provide precise documentation concerning their circumstance, which may include letters and photos from family members outlining how they were victimized or had relatives assassinated by state agents. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is available to provide expert advice and support by filing your application. When the person completes the procedures successfully, they will get refugee status in Israel, but the procedure for submitting and considering an application for asylum–refugee status in Israel–can take several years. During this period, the applicant may remain and work in Israel.