New Rule for Asylum Applicants

USCIS published a temporary final rule providing that, from today, September 23, 2020, through March 22, 2021, asylum applicants who cannot proceed with the asylum interview in English must ordinarily use DHS-provided telephonic interpreters, due to COVID-19. Previously, if the asylum seeker didn’t bring an interpreter and couldn’t speak English, the affirmative asylum hearing was rescheduled, which meant a longer wait for the applicant.