Your interview

As part of the evaluation process, the Asylum Service will send you a letter inviting you to an interview. The letter inviting you to the interview will state the time, date and place for the interview.

If you do not show up on that date and time for your interview, your file may be closed. In case an emergency arises, due to which it is impossible for you to show up for your interview you must immediately notify the Asylum Service, otherwise your file will be closed. In such a case, a new date for the interview will be set, which you are obligated to attend.

Your interview will be conducted by a competent officer of the Asylum Service in order to understand in detail and clarify the facts that led you to apply for asylum.

  • At the interview you may choose to have a lawyer with you.
  • If you need an interpreter, the Asylum Service will provide one free of charge. If you cannot understand the interpreter you must tell the interviewer immediately.
  • If you have reasons to prefer a female or male interviewer and/or interpreter, you can request this.
  • When the interview ends you must read your statements carefully. You can make corrections if your oral statements are not reflected accurately and then you must sign the interview record.
  • You will have the opportunity to explain in detail the reasons you are applying for asylum and give any evidence and documents you have to support your statements.
  • Your statements must be truthful and accurate. The interviewer will base the decision on your statements, made both during the interview as well as in your application. The interviewer will investigate the situation in your country and will try to understand if you are telling the truth. If you do not tell the truth your application can be refused.
  • At the beginning of the interview, the interviewer will ask you to confirm that you completed the application yourself, and that what is written in your application is true and correct. This is your only opportunity to reveal if anything included in your application is incorrect or inaccurate, and to explain why this has happened. If you attempt to hide the truth, or make false statements, your application may be refused.
  • Anything you say during the interview is strictly confidential. You are therefore expected to respond in detail to all the questions, and provide all relevant information to your case.
  • At the end of the interview you have a right to read over the interview record, or have the interpreter read the interview record for you. If corrections are needed, you can make them at this time.