After filing an affirmative asylum application, an asylum seeker will be scheduled for an interview with an Asylum Officer. This interview will take place at an Asylum Office, if one is nearby, or at a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office, if an Asylum Office is not nearby. Asylum Offices are located in New York, NY, Newark, NJ, Arlington, VA, Miami, FL, Houston, TX, Chicago, IL, San Francisco, CA and Anaheim, CA.
During the interview, the Asylum Officer will ask an asylum applicant some simple questions about the applicant’s identity and background, and then some questions about the application itself. If the asylum applicant has ever had military service, the Asylum Officer will ask a lot of questions about that to make sure that the asylum applicant has never persecuted anyone.
If the asylum applicant does not speak English, he or she must bring an interpreter with. An immigration attorney will usually be able to help an asylum applicant find an interpreter for these purposes.
The most important thing an asylum seeker needs to do at the asylum interview is to tell the truth. In many countries, people routinely lie to government officials, and many government officials are corrupt. In the United States, the Asylum Officer genuinely wants to help the asylum applicant, but expects every single thing the applicant says to be 100% truthful. The best way an asylum applicant can help his or her case is by giving detailed answers that are truthful and contains details to explain how they know certain things and why they are afraid to return to their home country. Sometimes the best, most truthful answer to a question is “I don’t know.”
Most asylum attorneys will meet with the asylum applicant before the interview in order to prepare the asylum seeker for everything that will happen at the interview. This gives the asylum applicant an advantage in dealing with any unforeseen questions that might come up in the interview.
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