Credible Fear Interview

When an immigrant entering the U.S. expresses fear of being sent home, an asylum officer with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services gives them a credible fear interview. The interview is meant to establish whether the person has a reasonable fear of persecution or torture in their home country should they be deported. If an asylum officer and/or a judge agrees there’s a likelihood that the person can establish eligibility for asylum, they can stay in the U.S. while their asylum case is processed.