Interview Tips

What happens during an asylum interview? What questions will I be asked?

What happens during an asylum interview? What questions will I be asked?

In order to be granted asylum, an applicant must demonstrate that they are a refugee. A refugee is someone who has fled from their country and cannot return because they have a well-founded fear of persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. In the United States, the affirmative asylum process includes a paper application that must be filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and an in-person interview. Find out what happens during an asylum interview.

Asylum Interview and Application Tips & FAQs from a Former Asylum Corps Officer

Asylum Interview and Application Tips & FAQs from a Former Asylum Corps Officer

On Monday, June 4, 2018, Ethan Taubes, a former asylum officer at the Newark Asylum Office, spoke to RIF Asylum Support community members about the asylum process, the Asylum Corps, preparing the asylum application, and the asylum interview. Mr. Taubes also answered general questions from audience members after his talk. Here are some pointers and FAQs we've taken from Mr. Taubes's presentation.

Former Asylum Officer Ethan Taubes speaks to community members at RIF Asylum Support

Former Asylum Officer Ethan Taubes speaks to community members at RIF Asylum Support

On Monday, June 4, 2018, Ethan Taubes, a former asylum officer at the Newark Asylum Office, spoke to RIF Asylum Support community members about the asylum process, the Asylum Corps, preparing the asylum application, and the asylum interview. Mr. Taubes also answered general questions from audience members after his talk. We were fortunate enough to have been invited to this special event and we are sharing with our readers and clients our notes and tips from Mr. Taubes.


5 Tips for your Naturalization Interview

5 Tips for your Naturalization Interview

The Naturalization Interview & Testing is one of the steps necessary to complete the Naturalization process in the United States. It is not merely a formality, but a very important step in the path towards becoming a U.S. Citizen. We have successfully assisted many clients with their naturalization applications and have provided some helpful tips for the Naturalization Interview & Testing.

What happens after my asylum interview?

What happens after my asylum interview?

After you interview at an asylum office, you will not get a decision on the same day. Instead, you will be given a document indicating how you will get your decision on the case. Most of the time, you will be asked to return to the office in two weeks to pick up the decision. This period of being suspended is no doubt extremely stressful, and this blog post provides information about what you might encounter on the return date and what it means. 

Major Changes to Asylum Interview Scheduling

Major Changes to Asylum Interview Scheduling

Starting January 29, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has changed how it will schedule asylum interviews. Currently, there is a processing backlog of 2 – 3 years, meaning that upon filing your I-589 application for asylum, you would then have additional time to accumulate evidence related to your claim, including obtaining documents from your home country, undergoing medical evaluations, gathering evidence of country conditions, and all other corroborating evidence that is needed for a strong and successful asylum application. This is no longer the case!

What happens at a marriage petition interview?

What happens at a marriage petition interview?

The Immigration Services in the United States (USCIS) often conducts interviews for immigration petitions based on marriage to make sure that the marriage is real. They describe a real marriage as being “bona fide” or “legitimate.” The USCIS is concerned about people getting married solely for immigration purposes. It is important to remember this because the USCIS will ask you some personal questions that may seem very invasive, and it may also seem that they are questioning the truth of your marriage, which can feel very uncomfortable. It’s important to know what to expect so that your interview can go as smoothly as possible. This blog post discusses what to expect for your marriage interview.

Extreme vetting now a reality for Green Card applicants

Extreme vetting now a reality for Green Card applicants

On October 1, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began expanding in-person interviews to include green card applicants applying through an employment-based petition (I-485)  and relatives of asylees and refugees (I-730). USCIS held a Public Engagement session on October 11, 2017 to provide additional guidance and answer questions and inquiries from the public. Rasoulpour Torregoza attended the teleconference and we share our takeaways in this blog post.

5 Tips for your Green Card Interview with USCIS

5 Tips for your Green Card Interview with USCIS

Rasoulpour Torregoza attended a teleconference hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, on September 28, 2017, regarding the new green card interview requirements. We would like to share with our readers five tips that we've gained from this teleconference.