USCIS and Telephonic Interpeters

USCIS Extends Rule for Telephonic Interpreters at Affirmative Asylum Interviews
On March 15, 2022, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, again extended the temporary final rule requiring use of a USCIS interpreter at affirmative asylum interviews, to March 16, 2023. USCIS published another extension to the temporary final rule, or TFR, that requires certain asylum applicants to use the contract telephonic interpreters instead of bringing their own interpreters to their affirmative asylum interview. This extension retains a previous modification that provides that in limited circumstances, if a USCIS interpreter is not available, USCIS will either reschedule the affirmative asylum interview or, at USCIS discretion, allow the applicant to provide an interpreter.
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