Tips for a Successful Asylum Interview, Part II

Tips for a Successful Asylum Interview, Part II

In our previous blog, we covered four of eight helpful tips for having a successful asylum interview. The asylum interview is an integral part of the asylum application process, and the success of your request can hinge on how well your interview with a government official called an Asylum Officer (AO) goes.

If you are in need of asylum, then you and your family have a lot at stake. Make sure you take the asylum interview very seriously and do all you can to prepare for it. Below we've listed our final four tips (numbers 5-8) to help you ensure that your interview gives you the best possible chance to be granted asylum. Remember, this is not intended as legal advice for your unique situation, so call us to discuss the specifics.

Tip 5: Arrange reliable transportation ahead of time and make sure you know how to find the interview location. Don't just assume you'll be able to find it. If you are late, or fail to show up entirely, you may lose any chance you had of achieving asylum.

Tip 6: Unless you are unquestionably confident in your English speaking and comprehension abilities, utilize a translator for the interview. Even if you speak English quite well, it might be a good idea to have a translator attend the interview to ensure that nothing gets misunderstood. Some things just don't translate like we expect them to, and a translator may be able to help you comprehend or explain intricacies about your situation that you cannot. If possible, practice working with the translator ahead of time as well.

Tip 7: Bring copies of all relevant and important documentation or evidence of the danger and persecution you face or have faced in the past, as well as the reasons you face that danger (your religion, race, political opinion, etc). Your lawyer can help you ensure that you have all the documentation you need, just make sure you don't forget it. Plus, the interview is a chance to present new evidence that has arisen since your application or that you forgot to include on your application.

Tip 8: Don't be afraid to show emotion. Asylum officers are used to people showing emotion because they are used to interviewing people who have faced terrifying, painful, and disturbing situations. If you bottle up your emotion the AO may not be able to comprehend how dire your situation is or believe that you are sincere. If you genuinely feel emotion, it can reinforce the fact that you truly fear persecution and can help you convince the AO that you need asylum.

As we mentioned in Part I of this blog, it is essential that you hire an experienced and knowledgeable immigration attorney to represent you and help you through the asylum application and interview process. Call Landerholm Immigration and let us fight to protect you and your family from persecution in your home country and achieve the safety of a life in the United States.


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