When you apply for asylum relief, a representative of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will personally interview you in order to measure your credibility and help determine whether your asylum application should be granted. We want to help prepare you for your asylum interview with USCIS, so that you have a better chance of success during your interview and with your asylum application altogether. First, there are a number of different items that you should bring with you to your interview:

  • A form of identification, such as a passport, other travel or identification documents, or a Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record, if you received one
  • The originals of any documents that you previously submitted with your asylum application, such as birth certificates, marriage certificate, and other official documents
  • A copy of your asylum application and anything documents that you attached to it
  • Any additional documents that you have to document your claim that you did not previously attach to your asylum application
  • An interpreter, if you cannot understand or speak English sufficiently for the interview, who speaks your language fluently and is over the age of 21
  • Your spouse and children under the age of 21, if you included them as derivatives at the time that you filed your application for asylum, along with any identification for them
  • A certified translation of any documents that are not in English

Next, you are permitted to have an attorney or another representative go with you to your asylum interview. You can expect that your interview will last at least an hour, although the length of your interview will vary according to the circumstances of your case. You will take an oath to tell the truth during your interview, as will any interpreter that you bring with you to the interview. All of the information that you share during the interview is confidential. The asylum officer will first verify your biographical information. Then he or she will ask you some general questions about your reasons for applying for asylum and whether any bars would prevent you from being granted asylum. The officer also will ask you to describe the experiences that caused you to leave your country. Explaining these experiences to the officer may be painful and traumatic, but it is necessary that you describe your experiences in great detail so that your asylum application is more successful. We are the California deportation defense lawyers whom you can turn to if you or a loved one are facing asylum or deportation proceedings, no matter what the reason may be. Regardless of the complexity or difficulty of the situation, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. has the experience, knowledge, and skills to advocate on behalf of you and your family throughout the course of any deportation proceedings. Contact our office today and let us answer all of your questions about asylum. Our best advice is, do not go to your interview alone! Hire a good immigration lawyer to prepare you and fight for you!