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Interpreter for AOS interview?

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My husband does not speak English that well, we got our interview notice and it says if you need an interpreter to bring one with you, does anyone know if USCIS wants a certified interpreter or just anyone fluent in his language and English is fine? Has anyone taken an interpreter with them to the interview that was not a certified interpreter like a family member or friend? We just don't want to pay $300-$500 to someone if we don't need to. 


 

 

K1 

Service Center: California Service Center

Consulate: Armenia 

 

I-129-F mailed to USCIS by attorney: 01-03-2018

NOA1: 01-08-2018 

NOA2: 07-24-2018 

NVC Recieved: 08-09-2018

NVC Case # Assigned: 08-13-2018

Left NVC: 08-21-2018

Consulate: 08-23-2018

Packet 3: 08-28-2018

Medical: 08-30-2018

Interview: 09-11-2018

Visa in Hand: 09-29-2018

POE: 10-03-2018 at Los Angeles, CA

Wedding: 11/16/2018

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AOS - Los Angeles, CA 

NO1: December 31, 2019 receipt date

Biometrics: 1/23/19 (letter received 1/11/19)

Biometrics processed: 1/25/19

Ready for Interview: April 3, 2019 AOS

Interview Scheduled Update: June 26, 2019 (letter received 7/1/2019)

Interview: August 6, 2019 

 

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47 minutes ago, SvetlanaKhachatur said:

Has anyone taken an interpreter with them to the interview that was not a certified interpreter like a family member or friend? We just don't want to pay $300-$500 to someone if we don't need to. 

As long as the interpreter is "impartial and unbiased": https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Laws/Memoranda/2017/2017-17-1-RoleUseInterpreters-PM-602-0125-1.pdf

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The interpreter must be impartial and able to interpret without bias. An impartial and unbiased individual is one who does not have a predisposition or preconceived opinion about a matter. A predisposition or preconceived opinion may prevent the individual from interpreting information accurately, literally, and fully or making a reliable interpreter declaration.

 

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