With all the social and political turmoil surrounding us, it is really hard to get the US asylum nowadays. The applicant has to be aware of all the small, intricate things that will allow him or her to get a residence in the USA.
Whether it's the application itself or the following interview, you have to do your best to get the right information and learn what are asylum officers expecting from you.
Here are 7 tips that will help you do just that.
- Submit a proper application
Unfortunately, most people tend to fail at the first step. The Asylum application is an important document that allows asylum officers to learn more about you and your motivations. Every application consists of 3 different sections: application form, statement as well as supporting documentation that will allow you to corroborate claims presented within the form. Having all three of them is very important as it allows you to corroborate your story and create a good initial impression on a person reading it. Statement is important as it shows whether or not you’re the right person for asylum. Many people don’t qualify for it so you will have to make a proper case. If there are any inconsistencies or reasons for doubt, you will need to explain them within statement. Furthermore, it is desirable if you can explain how and when you got the documents and why are you submitting them.
- Focus on relevant documents
Like with most other things, it is very important to be focused when presenting documentation. Collecting various documents may not serve your purpose but instead, it may prevent an officer from focusing on what is important. The officers will conduct a research regarding your country’s current state of affairs. Another thing that is important is providing documents that mention you by name. This will further your cause and help you establish the background story. News articles are a good example of this as well as medical records. No matter what, documents presented should be genuine. Don’t expect that you will pass with false documentation. Also, don’t bet on officers not being able to read or understand the documents. With that being said, we come to our next tip.
- Documents in a foreign language should be translated into English
Make sure to find a certified English translator to translate all these files. While its possible for someone else to translate it, it is much better for you to have them translated by an official person.
- Make sure everything is submitted well before the interview
If there are any changes to the documentation, they need to be presented well before the interview. Don’t expect for an asylum officer to have time to read new and updated files during the interview itself. By submitting them on time, you’re giving officers time to get acquainted with your case thus increasing your odds of getting an asylum.
- Ask for assistance in case of a traumatic experience
Most asylum seekers have traumatic experience when fleeing their country. Sometimes, this might lead to PTSD, memory lapses and other psychological problems. If you are one of these individuals, this is something that needs to be mentioned beforehand. Ask officers for special accommodation and preferential treatment. For example, you might need more time to prepare for an interview or you might have some preferences in terms of who is performing the interview.
- Be truthful
It is very important to be honest throughout the interview. If you’re lying, it can easily be checked. Keep in mind there a lot of suspicious asylum seekers and asylum officers can easily recognize if there are any holes in your story. If you don’t understand the question, if you have memory lapses or if you’re uncertain about something, it is much better to mention it this way than to fake a narrative.
- Make sure to properly prepare for the interview
Lastly, it is very important to prepare for the interview in the right way. These things take couple of hours so make sure you’re well rested. Furthermore, if you have dialect or trouble understanding certain things, make sure to get a translator who can help you out.
About the writer: Powers Law Group is a full-service immigration law firm providing high-quality worldwide immigration and visa services for over 10 years. Our clients include investors, multinational corporations, small to mid-size businesses, and individual clients.