What To Expect During Your Asylum Interview in NY

So, you filed for asylum and now want to know that the next steps are and what to expect.

After filing your case, you should receive a receipt notice followed by an appointment for biometrics (fingerprints, etc.).  After that, it is just a matter of waiting for your turn to be called in for an interview.  If you live within New York City, your asylum interview will be scheduled in Bethpage (Long Island) New York.

Once you appear at the USCIS (Immigration Office) located at 1065 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage NY 11714, you will go through security and then check in with the front desk.  Ordinarily, you cannot check in until all parties are present. For example, the applicant, a translator/interpreter and your lawyer.  The front desk will provide you with a ticket number and you will wait until your number is called.  The first call usually will have to do with capturing your biometrics once again.  Thereafter, you will wait to be called by an immigration asylum officer.

Once you are called in for the interview, you will be taken to an individual office and given some instructions and disclosures.  You will be sworn in to tell the truth and you will be informed that all information provided will be confidential.  The officer will also go through the information contained in your asylum application that you filed.  Thereafter, the asylum officer will conduct the interview.  The format will usually vary from officer to officer.  Naturally, you should make sure you know the details of your case, especially as it is written on the application, affidavit/declaration, etc.

After the interview, you will be asked to return 14 days later to pick up the decision, which usually will be either an approval or a referral to the Immigration Court.

Of course, I simplified this entire process.  There is no substitute for representation by an experience immigration lawyer who can hold your hand through this process and inform you of potential evidence that you can provide to strengthen your case.