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Credible Fear Interview Preparation


Know someone who is Detained and Interested in Seeking Asylum?

When people are detained by the United States government, they must receive a positive credible fear determination from their Credible Fear Interview to be able to pursue claims to asylum or withholding of removal.

At the interview, the asylum officer will ask questions, either in person or via telephonic or satellite communication. An interpreter will be present to translate the questions into the detainee’s native language. Preparation for the credible fear screening process is critical.

If one cannot establish positive credible fear, a request can be made to have an immigration judge review the situation. Once this review is made by a judge, it cannot be appealed, however, an experienced immigration attorney can help with all of the steps in this process.

If you receive a negative credible fear, an experienced immigration attorney can request the USCIS asylum office to take a second look at your interview.

Tips for your Interview:

  1. Don’t hold back when discussing details of your case with the government. Many times they give negative credible fear interviews due to “lack of detail”.
  2. It is important to know that DHS attorneys may seek to discredit your story if later you begin to add important details that you failed to include in your first interview.
  3. Keep detailed notes about your experiences and fear of return. These will help you remember the dates and other details and be consistent each time you tell your story.

If you or a loved one needs assistance with your credible fear determination or hearing, contact our immigration department today by calling 601-948-8005 or by using our live chat.

Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. Immigration Team are all about offering an array of Immigration legal services for clients around the Nation and in the Mississippi area such as adjustment of status, bond services, citizenship, green card, work permits, spousal cases, family immigration, employment immigration, DACA, SIJS, Cancellation of Removal and deportation as well as asylum. Our Mississippi Immigration Attorneys are also here to assist in Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Criminal Cases, as well as Family Cases.  Our legal team speaks English as well as Spanish, and Punjabi. We have a combined 7 year legal experience handling immigration matters for the Mississippi area.


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