Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Spanish Translation is Court Approved

The services of a client's own translator may call into question the accuracy of the information. How is this viewed by the Immigration Courts?

An affidavit is signed under penalty of perjury which states that the translation is true and accurate. When a document is submitted which is beneficial to the detainee's case or an individual who is requesting an adjustment of status from the USCIS, the services of a private translator are acceptable. When a detainee is appearing in court and does not speak the English language sufficient enough to understand their rights, a court appointed interpretor is brought to court and the services are paid for by the US government. It is important to note the fact that a court appointed interpretor is not permitted to have any conversation with a respondent, the respondent's attorney or anyone at all. They may only talk to the immigration judge and may interpret in the presence of the immigration judge.

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