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Why It Takes Two Years for Syrian Refugees to Enter This Country

November 24, 2015

The Viatorian Community took note of a recent New York Times article that explains, step by step, the vetting process that Syrian refugees go through before entering this country. That was before the House voted last week to tighten screening procedures for Syrians.

The story details how Syrians must pass many layers of security checks before being admitted to the United States, a process that can take two years or longer. In most cases, the refugees do not enter the United States until the very end, after multiple background checks, fingerprint screenings, case reviews and interviews, and multiple agency security checks.

Just to apply for acceptance into the United States, refugees must register with the United Nations and granted refugee status and a resettlement referral, before beginning the process of interviewing with State Department contractors.

Syrian refugees are subject to additional layers of scrutiny beyond refugees of any other nationalities, already, and now face the possibility of more.

If the House bill becomes law, the article stated, the director of the F.B.I., the Homeland Security secretary and the director of national intelligence would be required to confirm that the applicant poses no threat.

Finally, the article states that since 2011, the United States has admitted fewer than 2,000 refugees.