USCIS Extends Rule on Interpreters at Certain Asylum Interviews

Last Updated on March 21, 2023

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended a temporary final rule (TFR) mandating the use of a USCIS interpreter at certain asylum interviews.  


The TFR is extended through Sept. 12, 2023. While the rule remains in effect, applicants must use a USCIS interpreter. Collectively, USCIS interpreters speak 47 languages. Applicants who cannot find an interpreter who speaks their language must bring their own interpreter to the interview. In cases where a USCIS interpreter is not available, USCIS may reschedule the interview or let the applicant bring an interpreter.  

Looking Ahead  

After the rule expires, individuals who cannot complete their affirmative asylum interview in English must use their own interpreters.  

Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Ian Love, who is a Partner at  Global Immigration Associates (GIA), one of the two independent U.S. law firms Envoy exclusively works with on the Envoy Platform (the “U.S. Law Firms”).     

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.