Refugees granted admission to the U.S. are fully documented and invited by the U.S. Government to resettle here.
Before receiving approval for resettlement in the U.S., refugees undergo a rigorous screening process. First, refugees must prove to the satisfaction of U.S. authorities that they do, in fact, meet the definition of a refugee as set forth by the UN. Then, each refugee must undergo a background check and a medical examination. The final step to approval is sponsorship. No refugee may be admitted to the U.S. without the support of an agency such as IRIS to guide him/her through the often difficult first months of resettlement.
The U.S. Government provides refugees with 8 months of medical assistance, as well as access to Cash Assistance and Food Stamps, if eligible.