Asylum Interview No-No’s – Giving False Information


Are you anxious about your up-coming Asylum interview or just curious about what it’s like to be in an Asylum interview? An Asylum interview can be intimidating and nerve wracking but a positive result is worth all the stress and legal preparation.  In preparing for an asylum interview or application, one must not provide fraudulent or false information as the consequences can be extremely serious.  Foreign nationals who seek immigration protection via Asylum in the United States must comply not just with the immigration laws but be honest about his/her application and not to commit the following acts:

  • knowingly made a frivolous application for your asylum; or
  • knowingly and willfully falsify or conceal a material fact; or
  • submit false documents.

Asylum Interview No-Nos: Pour Case

In a recent immigration court case, a 28-year-old foreign national, Ali Vahdani Pour, was sentenced to 137 days in prison after he pled guilty to lying under oath on his Asylum application. Pour admitted that he falsely denied serving in the military in his home country and falsely denied having received refugee status in Italy, which were both critical parts of his asylum application.

Consequences of providing false information in your Asylum Interview

Asylum applicants must understand that if he/she is found to have knowingly made a frivolous application for asylum, the applicant will be permanently ineligible for any benefits under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  Moreover, if Applicant knowingly and willfully falsify or conceal a material fact or submit false documents, the asylum application will be denied, and Applicant may be subject to criminal prosecution and removal proceedings.  The US immigration and law enforcement agencies including the USCIS, ICE and the FBI all thoroughly investigate Asylum applicants’ backgrounds for validity.  It is therefore, very important to make sure you remember your facts correctly and always be truthful during your asylum interview and application.

Want to know more about Asylum?

Are you interested in knowing more about Asylum application or other immigration options?  Cipolla Law Group understands the complexities of asylum law and what that means for applicants. Our Chicago Immigration attorneys have years of experience in getting Asylum applications approved and can look at details of your case to assist you in the best way possible. Our immigration law firm is located at downtown Chicago by Michigan/Van Buren.  Contact us for a confidential consultation regarding your asylum case today.