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Getting an Interpreter
If English is not your native tongue, you are not fluent in English, or you are deaf or hard of hearing, you must bring an interpreter to help you communicate during your interview. This is extremely important as the interpreter plays an important role in the asylum questions and answers. Misinterpreting words can cause your case to be rejected or referred to an immigration court. Therefore, getting an interpreter before going for the interview is needed.
The interpreter must meet the following requirements:
It is important to note that your interpreter cannot be:
Suppose your interpreter needs to be more competent to interpret well during your interview, or you went to the interview without an interpreter and cannot speak English. In that case, your interview can be canceled or rescheduled. This will be considered a delay by you.
Failure to Appear for Your Affirmative Asylum Interview
Without legal status in the U.S. and the asylum interview office of USCIS does not receive an explanation from you within 45 days of the scheduled interview date in the form of a written note stating the reason for your absence, your case will be referred to the immigration court.
What Happens If Your Attorney or Representative Is Unavailable for the Affirmative Asylum Interview?
If you file a G-28, it does not prevent the processing of your application, even if your attorney is not present. Suppose the asylum office refuses your request to reschedule, and your attorney is not available to join you for the interview. In that case, you can sign a waiver and choose to continue the interview without the presence of your attorney, or you can accept the referral to the immigration court.
How Can I Prepare For An Asylum Interview In the U.S.?
When you receive your notification, carefully read it to ensure you know the date, time, location, and rules for the asylum interview. Also, bring all documents noted in the application. Arrive early and dress appropriately.
Tip #1: Read & Follow Instructions from Asylum Office
The last thing you want is to make a mistake the day you go into your asylum interview. For such reasons, you must review all of the information the asylum office provided you, such as the time, place, and procedures.
Bringing a Qualitative Representative to Your Interview
Bringing an attorney or a legal representative to your interview is one of the best ways to prepare for the interview. They will help you prepare for the interview, what to expect, and questions that might be asked.
Also, the attorney ensures that your interview is performed appropriately and that any potential legal questions that may arise are clarified.
The presence of an attorney during your interview reduces the likelihood of your application being rejected and referred to an immigration court for removal proceedings.
How Do You Prepare for the Most Important Questions?
At the asylum office, your interview is an essential part of the application; therefore, it is important to be prepared. Talk to your attorney and go over some of the most important questions for an asylum interview that could be asked. Practice how to answer asylum interview questions. This helps you get prepared.