There's a new development that will harm asylum applicants. Many have problems with authority, misunderstand the importance of questions they are asked, and do not hire attorneys at the beginning of their case. In-person interviews by government officers build trust so that the foreigner can express what really happened to them abroad.
When foreign nationals are detained but fear return to their homeland, an Asylum Officer must interview them. During that interview, which usually begins with a phone call, the Asylum Officer decides whether the foreign nationals' fear is credible, or valid. This is known as a Credible Fear Interview.
In the past, Asylum Officer were required to conduct in-person or video-conference interviews when they felt that the foreign nationals did not have a valid fear of harm if returned to their homeland. That changed on June 4, 2013.
Placing a need to avoid delays in processing above a need to give foreign nationals the benefit of an in-person interview, the entire interview will be completed on the phone. In order to help your detained friend or family member with a potential asylum case, please call the Weston office of Blandon Law at (954) 385-0157.