Immigration interpreters play a critical role in helping support access to justice

Immigration interpreters and translators

Immigration interpretersImmigration interpreters and translators play a critical role in helping support access to justice and due process for immigrants. In addition to a high level of written and/or oral fluency in another language, immigration translators and interpreters working with vulnerable populations should be culturally competent and familiar with language access standards.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

On May 1, 2017 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented a policy memorandum intended to help ensure that customers who bring interpreters to certain interviews have competent language assistance. This guidance applies to interviews conducted at domestic field offices except in cases where USCIS provides interpreters or has other policies.

USCIS interview

The success of a green card or a citizenship application depends on the success of the USCIS interview.

Accurate and clear communication is extremely vital at these types of interviews as misunderstood or misinterpreted questions can lead to a denied appeal. Experienced immigration interpreters that speak the applicant’s native language and have a clear understanding of immigration law play an important role in the immigration process.

Professional immigration interpreters

Professional immigration interpreters can break through the language barrier and offer professional guidance to help applicants answer the interviewer’s questions correctly.

All immigration interpreters should have training, certification, and basic qualifications as required by the regulations to be able to interpret accurately, literally and fully for both the interviewee and the interviewing officer. They should also learn the Code of Ethics for immigration interpreters that requires the interpreter to remind the interviewee that an interpreter may hear personal information and to agree not to disclose any such information learned in the interview.

Interpreting for Immigration Training program

Language Connections’ “Interpreting for Immigration” Training Certificate Program was developed to enable participants to become competent interpreters for Immigration services. The course introduces participants to interpreter roles and skills, interpreter ethics, standards of practice and immigration terminology in both English and the target language.

Interpreting for Immigration Training program uses the unique immigration interpreting curriculum. Lectures are conducted by well-qualified and respected professionals in the field.


For more information please contact our Training Department:

Phone: (617) 731-3700

Mailing Address: 
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Boston, MA 02135