Dear Mikhail -
Greetings from Washington. We appreciate your reaching out and providing updates as to the efforts you’ve taken to follow up on your case, both with UNHCR HQ and via other avenues. This email provides information specifically on the requests that you have submitted to UNHCR.
You have requested that UNHCR facilitate your resettlement outside the United States. At this point, we are unfortunately unable to do so in your case. Resettlement is an extraordinary remedy to find a durable solution for refugees (each year only 10% of refugees that need resettlement worldwide can actually benefit from it) and is typically based on pressing protection needs (threat to a refugee’s life, for treatment of a severe medical condition, etc.). Moreover, UNHCR does not currently engage in resettlement of refugees out of the U.S., nor do we generally engage in resettlement solely on the basis of statelessness. As such, we cannot fulfil this request.
Additionally, you requested that UNHCR issue a travel document to facilitate your departure from the United States and entry into another country. As we have explained before (please see attached), neither UNHCR nor the UN has the authority to issue travel documents for stateless individuals. As such, we regrettably cannot comply with this request, either.
Please note that individuals without travel documents may be eligible for an emergency one‑way travel document for humanitarian reasons through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The ICRC laissez-passers are issued for humanitarian reasons and are valid for one-way travel only and only for travel to a country that has already agreed to allow the individual to enter. This would require you to obtain advance permission to enter a third country, and then subsequently request an ICRC laissez-passer.
For more information regarding the procedure to apply for such a travel document, you can contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross, which will provide you more information and the necessary forms to make a request for travel documents. Please be aware that foreign country immigration officials are not obliged to honor the travel document issued by the ICRC, but many of them do so. If you don’t have the contact information for the local Red Cross chapter in your area, you can also contact the National American Red Cross office in Washington, DC.
Although we cannot assist you in the ways you have requested, UNHCR remains committed to assisting you in finding administrative solutions to help alleviate the hardships you and other stateless people face in the United States. In your case, this includes on-going support for renewal of your parole status, as well as on-going support for reopening your underlying asylum claim before the immigration judge in Texas. UNHCR has supported both efforts in the past and would be very willing to do so again. We also continue to advocate for adoption of a statelessness determination procedure and pathway to citizenship for stateless people under U.S. law. We look forward to continuing to provide you this support and to field related requests from you and your legal counsel.
Again, thank you for your on-going contact and engagement. We regret that given the existing legal and political framework, we are unable to assist you in the ways you have requested, but again, we remain committed to supporting you and other stateless people in the U.S. and globally. As always, please do not hesitate to reach our or have your legal counsel reach out with requests for our assistance.