Is it easier to come to the U.S. and apply for asylum rather than applying for refugee status?
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Each type of application process has its advantages and disadvantages, discussed here.
I am considering fleeing my home country, because I’m part of a persecuted group here, and I want to apply for refugee status to come to the United States. A friend told me, however, that the refugee application process is lengthy and difficult. He suggested I instead book a flight with a layover in the U.S. and then request asylum at the airport. Would this route be easier for me?