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OI 223a.3 Definition of refugee.
The term refugee shall be defined in Section
of the Act. An applicant may be processed of issuance of a refugee travel document if he/she came to the United States under a United States refugee law or program or was granted a benefit or status by the Serviced on the basis of a claim to persecution. An applicant (other than a lawful permanent resident) not previously authorized to come to or remain in the United States on grounds of persecution shall be processed under the asylum provisions of
8 CFR 208
. On approval of the application of asylum, the application for the travel document may be grated and the travel document issued if he or she is otherwise qualified. An application by a lawful permanent resident who was not previously authorized to come to or remain in the United States in grounds of persecution may be processed for issuance of a refugee travel document if a Service file reveals, or the applicant established in an interview, or the applicant established in an interview, that he or she was
in fact a refugee. (TM 5/84)