An asylum seeker does not need to speak English. An asylum applicant has the right to have an interpreter present for any interview or court hearing so that the applicant can understand what is going on and assist in his or her application.
During an asylum interview, an asylum seeker must supply his or her own interpreter. This does not need to be a professional interpreter; a friend or family member who speaks English fluently will do. An asylum attorney typically will have the ability to find an interpreter that suits an applicant’s needs.
During any court hearing, the government will provide an interpreter for the asylum applicant upon request. This interpreter is typically not an employee of the government but a contractor hired solely for interpreting.
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