What to know about Asylum Interview

People are afraid of being rejected in an interview for the first time, a lot of preparation must be done to have a better chance of being accepted. A  Lawyer should advise any immigrant who is seeking asylum to put more effort in preparation because it might be a lifetime decision.

Interview preparation

The asylum seeker will be contacted by the country’s asylum authority to schedule an interview in order to decide the status of an application for asylum. As an applicant for asylum, you must have a lot of patience because of a large number of applications from asylum seekers. Applicant must come prepared with a written statement to some of the asylum interviews. For the Greek authorities, applicants have not been asked to bring it along. But as an applicant, you may have to make sure to crosscheck if it has been asked for or any form to be filled. The gender also plays an important role in the choice of an interviewer as women would prefer a female interviewer and interpreter while men would like to ask for a male interviewer and interpreter.

Right to an interpreter

The interview would be better if the applicant can do it in his own language because it helps with self-confidence, then look for an interpreter, but ask for permission if it is allowed.

What to be discussed

There are some special area where an interviewer will be focused on in which includes the applicant’s backgrounds, what happened in the country you left also the interviewer may ask if you have tried to relocate within your country and what makes you think you cannot return to the country you left. A painful or emotional question may be asked.


A detailed explanation of what happened to you will be asked, also why you need protection in their country. They may also ask about your family members as your statement will be recorded by the interviewer in other not to make an impartial assessment. As you go for the interview, try to be specific and factual about what you will say and make it relevant.

Be detailed with facts and dates to complete your story as you write down the names and ages of your family members beforehand with the most important events. Personal notes are very good to take along in order not to give an impression that you are telling a fabricated story, that is why you should go with evidence to support your claim such as written, graphics, digital, visual materials and audio/visual recordings. Credibility will be assessed based on the consistency of your story.

Do not add a story that you can’t remember the exact date and don’t make guesses.


Whatever story or detailed shared at the interview would never be shared with anyone, even with your country’s government or anyone who can use it to hurt you. So you don’t have to worry about the content of the interview, it will be extremely restricted to the country you are applying.

Categories for protection

Under the European law, there are the list categories which include Subsidiary Protection, Refugee status, and Humanitarian Residency.

Finding an asylum lawyer

Some European countries make law for entitlement of free legal aid for asylum seeker, which is recommended to discuss with the lawyer before the interview or you can ask the local asylum authorities and NGO to find an asylum lawyer. You must be clear when accepting a lawyer when they are committing to you. If your case is not accepted you can find another help. Below is what your lawyer needs to do to prepare you for your case.

  • Know your case and your history very well.
  • Explain to you what they will do for you.
  • He will understand issues in your country to be able to practice an interview with you.
  • Explain the criteria and conditions involved.
  • Give you enough time.
  • Discuss what supporting evidence was provided by you.
  • Explain the rights you are entitled at the interview and after.
  • Explain what next if rejected and how to get help appeal.

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Author: Tais

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