How Refugees Are Selected, Vetted, and Settled in the United States

The process can take up to three years to complete.

Dr. Zaher Sahloul of the Syrian American Medical Society and American Relief Coalition for Syria holds 4-year-old Shayma Alaly, a Syrian refugee who has been living in Chicago since earlier this year, as he speaks to media standing with Syrian refugees and members of interfaith and human rights groups in Lafayette Square, across from the White House, on Sept. 16. Standing to the left is Salam Al-Marayati, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. The women at right are also refugees from Syria living in Chicago. 
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