Who Should Come to the Asylum Interview?


Your interview will take place at one of the eight asylum offices or at a USCIS field office. This blog explains who should come with you to your asylum interview.

You (the Client): You should prepare thoroughly for the interview. Your attorney should give you a list of possible questions and role-play the interview with you. Your interviewer will likely ask you many questions related to your asylum package. Be ready to answer questions based on your declaration and supporting documentation. You should be aware of the time and location of the interview. You should get there early to go through security and find the asylum office. Bring identifying information. Failing to appear may result in your application being placed in removal proceedings in immigration court.

Derivative Applicants: If you included them in your asylum application, your husband or wife and any of your children under 21 must also attend the interview. They should also bring their identifying information like photo IDs. Depending on their age, they may be asked questions directly by the officer, so have them ready just in case. Also, have them practice answering questions with your attorney and interpreter.

Legal Representative: Your attorney should attend the interview with you. You and your attorney should meet a couple times prior to the interview to discuss what to expect at the interview and role-play the interview.

Interpreter: You have to provide your own interpreter at your own cost. Unlike immigration court, USCIS does not provide free interpreters during asylum interviews. You should practice answering questions with your interpreter before your asylum interview and check the quality of your interpreter’s interpretation skills.

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