New changes in Asylum Interview are in place. Interpreter requirements have been added. Navigating the ins and outs of the asylum application process can be stressful, but we at Migration Resource Center understand your concerns and are here to assist and guide you every step of the way.
For those applying for affirmative asylum, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a crucial update: Beginning September 13, 2023, if you are not proficient in English or opt to have your interview in another language, you must bring your interpreter to the asylum interview. However, a notable exception exists for those who communicate via sign language. USCIS will provide sign language interpreters to cater to individuals with disabilities. However, should you fail to bring a competent interpreter, or if the interpreter you bring is not proficient in English and your language without a valid reason, USCIS might treat this as a missed interview. This can lead to potential dismissal of your asylum application or referral to an immigration judge.
Given the significance, it’s essential for asylum applicants to arrange an interpreter well in advance of their interview. Keep the following criteria in mind for your interpreter:
*They must be fluent in English and your language.
*They must be 18 years of age or older.
The following individuals cannot serve as your interpreter:
ï‚· 1. Your attorney or accredited representative.
ï‚· 2. Any witness testifying on your behalf.
ï‚· 3. A representative or employee from your native country’s government.
ï‚· 4. Anyone with a pending asylum application who has not been interviewed.
For a more detailed breakdown and additional information, please visit the official USCIS announcement.
Remember, you’re not alone on this journey. Migration Resource Center is committed to ensuring you have the information and support you need during these times.