Country Conditions. US Department of State publishes its opinion on the political and other conditions of almost every country. That includes such topics as corruption, the treatment of minorities, the judicial system, etc. If the circumstances described in your biography do not coincide with the opinion of the State. Department of conditions in your country, you have to work more to win your case. Be sure to consult a lawyer.

Resources. The role of a lawyer in such cases is to provide the client with resources relating to his case, for example, to find the right journalists or professors who can give professional testimony and assessment of your case in terms of the circumstances in the country and the credibility of your case. Officers give a lot of attention to this kind of evidence. Usually, all the circumstances that emphasize preparedness and professionalism of the lawyer has a positive effect on the officer’s attitude to the case. Else you could bear the stress of persecution in their home country. And it is logical that a psychologist can help you. In such cases, the lawyer advises to use the official testimony of a psychologist for an interview. In some cases, the officers themselves asked for interviews if you turned to a psychologist after the stress you had.


Biography (personal testimony). Be sure to consult a lawyer before sending your biography to USCIS. Properly compiled biography is the key to obtaining asylum.   Focus on the key facts.    Try not to waste time   officer   on   a description of you, how good a person you are, how you were raised, what you did in second grade, etc.   They do not pay attention to it and are accustomed to the fact that everyone writes about what kind of good people they are. Therefore, write immediately about what happened to you and why.

Written Attorney's Argument ( Brief ) Experienced attorneys understand that an immigration officer expects the client’s biography ( personal testimony ) is not in legal language, but is a translation of the biography compiled by the refugee. Although a lawyer has the right to edit a client’s biography, it is not recommended that personal testimony looks like a document drawn up by a lawyer. For this reason, in order to make it easy for an officer to familiarize himself with the case, the lawyer prepares a brief where he summarizes the client’s case and hews evidence to him, such as references to some articles, testimony of experts, psychologists, medical documents, etc. in this format that it will be easy for the officer to understand and evaluate the case. The briefing attorney also helps the interview officer to find similar facts in personal testimony and to summarize the essence of the matter for his superiors in case of permission.

The second attorney's argument ( Brief ) after the interview. In some situations, a lawyer puts the second brief, after the interview, if he wants to emphasize some points that might have been unnoticed in the interview or were not in the light that one would like to present. Decision officer, It is not officially accepted immediately, and the lawyer usually has several days to provide additional information (brief). It also helps the lawyer to summarize the results of the interview for the officer in the best way and to emphasize the strongest facts.

Attorney's final argument for an interview. At the end of the interview, the lawyer has the right to summarize the client's case, to put emphasis on facts or nuances that were not covered during the interview or were considered in the wrong light.   A lawyer may ask an officer to pay attention to certain documents or to the testimony of independent witnesses, for example, a professor who has studied the political situation in the refugee country. Each officer's approach to the interview may be different, but often the lawyer may ask the officer to ask some questions of the client, arguing that the client misunderstood the question, or the translator incorrectly translated, or how often it happens even with the correct translation, the exact meaning of the answer or question is lost. In most cases, the officer agrees and can ask again one more time. In more rare cases, an officer may allow a lawyer to ask a question in the format that the lawyer sees. All this usually happens before the “monitor” is turned off, that is, when the official translator turns off, which checks the hired translator.


Preparing for the interview. The role of the lawyer is to prepare you for the interview. Your willingness outweighs almost all other evidence. A good lawyer will be able to predict almost all the questions that will ask you in your case. And at the training, an immigration lawyer will ask not only questions about the questionnaire, for example: who chased you, how you were chased, and questions about your biography. Be prepared to answer specific questions about your case.   how usually every fact at your personal statement or what you say in an interview will be put under doubt: Who?   Where?   How?   When?   /   Why or why not?   How much?   Be prepared to discuss who said what and all other circumstances related to events in your business, such as the weather, time of day, day of the week, etc.


Official documents. Police notifications, medical records, and other documents may be useful for your case, but be sure to check with a lawyer. In many cases, a lawyer will be able to suggest whether to use such documents or not.

mass media and other materials.   Articles from all sources are useful for showing the conditions of your country and examples of circumstances that may be similar to yours. The role of a lawyer is to find and properly attach this information to your case.

Other Witnesses.   Friends, family, colleagues, etc. It can also be witnesses.   We advise you to prepare a written statement from any person who can confirm your case. The lawyer will make a written statement, which will be signed by your witnesses.

This summary is not intended to be a legal consultation and intended to be a general description. A legal consultation is necessary before any action is taken. Please call Chicago Law Group (847) 579-9989.