Serving Asylees & Asylum Seekers
For over 10 years, Refugee Services of Texas (RST) has had the privilege of serving the asylee community to those who have been granted asylum. As we seek to grow our programs to help even more vulnerable communities, we are now undertaking a new program called the Asylum Seeker Assistance Program (ASAP), to also help serve those who are seeking asylum in the United States.
Who is an asylee?
An asylee is a person who meets the definition of refugee and is already present in the United States or is seeking admission at a port of entry, in hopes of being granted asylum. Once granted asylum, they are eligible to receive the same benefits as a refugee. An asylum-seeker is someone who has made their way to the United States at a point of entry, but whose request for sanctuary has yet to be processed.
RST welcomes anyone who has been granted asylum, to help provide support services through the resettlement period and beyond. RST also welcomes and serves asylum-seekers in our Austin and Houston offices through our Asylum Seeker Assistance Program (ASAP) to give help through referrals to needed social and community services, and to comply with ongoing legal case matters.